Pike Street Triangle to Be Redone, Building to Be Developed
Tuesday night's meeting of the Covington City Commission features multiple developments coming to town, including the renovation of a long-vacant Pike Street building, the redevelopment of a complex corner at Pike & Eighth Streets, and the continued expansion of the Licking Greenway & Trails as well as more work on the planned Riverfront Commons.
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Reconstruction of Pike Street Triangle
The commission will consider the acceptance of a bid offered by Adleta Construction in an amount of $87,062 for the reconstruction of the Pike Street Triangle at Pike & Eighth Streets.
In December 2012, a revocable license was granted to East Row Lofts, LLC, a company led by Tony Kreutzjans of Orleans Development which is turning the adjacent vacant warehouse into renovated residential units, in exchange for the LLC's maintenance of the city-owned lot.
Strand Engineering designed the to-be-reconstructed site which will include new sidewalks, will close off the Pike Street entrance to the lot, will add new street trees and tree wells, decorative ornamental fencing, additional public parking, and a rain garden.
The funding for the reconstruction will come from the city's capital fund.
Forgivable loan to be considered for development of 12-14 West Pike Street
The commission will consider an $80,000 forgivable loan, with conditions, for Chako, LLC which will develop the large vacant building at 12-14 Pike Street in Downtown Covington.
According to notes from the city commission agenda the project will involve a commercial storefront on the first floor with four upper floor residential units. The project's loan would be funded through the Covington Economic Development Program which was created in March.
Chako, LLC is registered to Eugene Heard, according to the Kentucky Secretary of State website. Heard is a Covington resident who works with Landor, the marketing company currently working on the city's rebranding effort.
More work coming to Licking River Greenway & Trails
Phase III of the Licking River Greenway & Trails, the expanding recreational multi-purpose trail that stretches along the Licking River through multiple Covington neighborhoods, is closer to beginning.
On Tuesday, the city commission will consider a proposal by Bayer Becker, Inc, for design and engineering services in an amount not to exceed $40,000. The money would come from the city's capital fund but woul dbe reimbursed by Vision 2015.
Phase III includes the completion of all necessary design work.
The city commission will also consider a bid from Thelen Associates, Inc, for geotechnical engineering services for the trail in an amount not to exceed $24,566. That money would come from the city's capital fund but would also be reimbursed by Vision 2015.
In July, the Licking River Greenway & Trails was named the best fitness trail in Northern Kentucky by NKY Magazine.
In September, The River City News took readers on a comprehensive photo tour of the trails after new murals were installed.
Other notes from the commission agenda:
- Riverfront Commons design work: A contract may be awarded for geotechnical exploration along the riverfront in order to complete the design phase for Riverfront Commons, an ambitious project that would be bring riverfront recreation across Northern Kentucky's urban cities at the banks of the two rivers. No company or amount of money is listed in the agenda but would likely be added before the meeting should the item be brought up for a vote. In June, the City of Covington was awarded more than $480,000 from the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) for additional work on the project. In February, Jack Moreland of Southbank Partners, which is overseeing the development of Riverfront Commons, spoke to the Covington City Commission and said it would take unified support from all the invested governments to see the project to fruition.
- An infrastructure improvement project along Madison Avenue would be part of a proposed agreement between the City and Sanitation District 1.
Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News
Photo: Future home of The Market Lofts/RCN file