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What to Do With Former Covington Church? Gateway Wants Your Input

Gateway Community and Technical College is asking for the public’s input in a design workshop, or charrette, Thursday, February 13, that will help to determine the reuse of the First United Methodist Church, Covington. 

“Since we acquired it, we have said that this church would be used for community outreach. We want the community to tell us how they would like to use it,” said Ed Hughes, Gateway president and CEO. 

The design charrette is a hands-on workshop that will bring citizens, community leaders, and the college community together to create a new vision for the church, located at 501 Greenup Street, through a creative, collaborative process. 

The charrette will take place at 6 p.m. at the Kenton County Public Library located at 502 Scott Boulevard, Covington, Ky. Free parking is available at the library. 

(SEE ALSO: Photos from inside the church)

Partners for Sacred Places, a non-profit organization based in Philadelphia, will help lead the charrette in partnership with the Northern Kentucky American Institute of Architects. PSP has been retained with funding raised through the Gateway Community and Technical College Foundation to assist with planning. The charrette will produce draft concepts and initial architectural plans for space configuration of the buildings. 

“The church is a beautiful, historic, Gothic structure built in 1867. Our organization is happy to see that Gateway wants the church to continue to serve the community,” said Bob Yeager, PSP president. 

Gateway and PSP representatives will offer public tours of the church between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 13.Tours will originate at the Kenton County Public Library. Please note that the building is not currently 100 percent handicap accessible. 

If you have questions regarding the charrette, please contact Laura Kroeger, vice president for resource development and external affairs and executive director of the Gateway Foundation at or (859) 442-1177.