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Lincoln-Grant Redevelopment Plans, Firefighter Retirements Top Covington Commission Agenda

The Covington City Commission will meet for its regular legislative meeting on Tuesday, August 6 at 6 p.m. inside Covington City Hall.

Here is a preview of what will be up for a vote:

(SEE PREVIOUSLY: Landor to Brand Covington, Pending Commission Approval)

Lincoln-Grant redevelopment plans could include Scholar House

The city commission will consider a development agreement with Marian Development Group, LLC, based in Louisville, to create a Scholar House Program in the former Lincoln-Grant School building.

The large facility, at 824 Greenup Street, has been vacant for a number of years and has been eyed for redevelopment multiple times. It is adjacent to Randolph Park and just blocks away from the new River's Edge at Eastside Pointe development.

The Scholar House Program is described by the Kentucky Housing Corporation as, "a housing and education initiative that enables the head-of-household to reach self-sufficiency (free of public assistance, including housing). The housing and education components are operated as one unit, with housing depending on the client’s successful participation in the education.

Participants must be at least 18 years of age, be eligible for a Housing Choice Voucher, and be full-time students in a degree or specialty institution of higher learning. Single parents are given first priority.

Program participants receive counseling, workshops, and support from neighbors and staff, while fulfilling academic or vocational training coursework as full-time students.

Each development includes an on-site child care facility to allow time for the parents to attend classes and focus on their education.

Scholar House also offers programs that involve enhanced health maintenance, parenting skills, management of family resources, nutritional knowledge, problem solving, work skills and job search techniques. Most of these services are free; Housing and childcare are based on the participant’s income.

Once residents have graduated from Scholar House, they are allowed ample time to find and move into permanent housing."

The Lincoln-Grant building was recently nominated by the Commonwealth of Kentucky for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

4 Covington firefighters to retire

The city commission will accept the retirements of four members of the Covington Fire Department. Those submitting for retirement are EMT/Engineer Mike Clendenen, EMT/Engineer Rick Gohs, EMT/Engineer Sean Gaiser, and Paramedic/Lieutenant Mark Disibio. All have served Covington since 1993.

The fire department recently added 12 new recruits to its staffing. (SEE PREVIOUSLY: Photos: Covington Swears in 12 New Firefighters)

Other notes: 

  • Approval is expected for the Kenton County Planning Commission to proceed in the development of a master plan for the county
  • The Finance Department will be recognized for being awarded the Certificate of Achievement of Excellence in Financial Reporting and Finance Director Bob Due will be recognized for being awarded the Award of Financial Reporting Achievement from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada
  • Guidelines for the city's Neighborhod Stabilization Program (NSP) for the next year will be adopted
  • The City and SD1 are expected to enter into an interlocal agreement for projects with one specific project listed: the Caroline Underpass reconstruction in Latonia

Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News

Photo: Lincoln Grant School building/RCN file

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