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Another Vacant Covington Building Slated to Become Residential

A long vacant building on Pike Street owned by the City of Covington will be the next to house new residential units.

On Tuesday, the Covington City Commission will consider declaring 114 Pike Street as surplus and selling it to developer Tony Kreutzjans of Orleans Development and partner Marc Tischbein. The building, known commonly as the Tanino's building after the cafe that was housed there, is next to the Pike Star project which Kreutzjans and Tischbein are co-developing with the Center for Great Neighborhoods and which will include upper floor residential units.

UpTech, the Covington start-up business accelerator, is on the first floor.

In June, The River City News reported that Kreutzjans was pursuing the property after he appeared before the urban design review board where it was explained that part of the structure would have to be torn down

The City of Covington purchased the building in 2005 for $197,000 in the time leading up to its creation of a failed Arts District. The building was never developed.

Kreutzjans has emerged as the most significant developer in Downtown Covington, having recently completed the Market Lofts at Pike & Eighth Streets, and previously completing several condo units on Pike Street near the Tanino's building. His company also manages the Pulse Lofts and other rental units throughout the city.

His brother, Bill Kreutzjans, of Ashley Development, is a co-developer on the Mutual Building and the Doctors Building, both of which will be used for new residential units in Downtown Covington.

The city commission on Tuesday will also award a bid for tree removal in Devou Park, accept the deed to a dilapidated structure at 1322 Hermes Street (at no cost), and will amend the language of the Bavarian Brewery Building redevelopment plan at the request of the Linden Gateway Small Area Study.

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-Michael Monks, editor

Photo: Tanino's Building/RCN