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The Center Story: Hellmann Lumber Renovation Part of Westside Transformation

The restoration and transformation of the historic Hellmann Lumber Building, one the structures preserved and auctioned on 12th Street, now known as Martin Luther King Boulevard, which was widened by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is expected to have a big impact on Covington's Westside neighborhood.

Its impact on the Center for Great Neighborhoods will be even bigger. The nonprofit is dedicated to redeveloping neighborhoods and helping residents improve their lives and now, it embarks upon a personal project. CGN's offices will move from Russell Street to the Hellmann when its completed in 2016, and it will share the building with artists looking for an affordable spot to base their creative endeavors.

Notably, the Carnegie, Covington's center for performing and visual arts, will move its workshop there and all sets will be stored and constructed at the Hellmann.

CGN purchased the property at auction in 2013 and the next year scored a $1.45 million grant to assist in the effort. More funding followed from the likes of Duke Energy. Earlier this year, residents got a good look at the property when the Hellmann hosted a COV200 kickoff party to celebrate the city's bicentennial.

In the spring, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Ground was broken on the construction effort in September.

Now, CGN is raising more money for its redevelopment project at the Hellmann and has launched a crowdsourcing effort at IndieGoGo, and you can help! The Center hopes to raise $10,000 and is a quarter of the way there as of this writing.  There are a lot of perks for those who chip in -- including a personalized tour, an exclusive first look, and more.

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CGN's Sarah Allan and The Carnegie's Katie Brass (don't miss The Carnegie's The Wizard of Oz opening on January 21!) joined The River City News's Michael Monks for the latest installment of The Center Story, the new monthly podcast that focuses on the good that the Center for Great Neighborhoods does in our community.