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Listen: Villa Hills Poised to Create Mixed-Use Development Across 100+ Acres

More than 100 acres in Villa Hills may soon be home to new houses, apartments, and commercial spaces.

The City of Villa Hills is working with the Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg on selling and then developing the sisters' sprawling property. A nearby collection of 30-plus acres owned by a media company and home to a radio tower, may also soon be part of the mix.

LISTEN: Mayor Butch Callery and City Administrator/Clerk Craig Bohman talk with RCN's Michael Monks about the project

Villa Hills City Council and the Kenton County Planning Commission have given their blessing to a plan developed with community input, and now the process is moving forward to bring in the right developer. Covington-based architecture firm Hub + Weber created a rendering of what could become of the site.

Though Villa Hills has become of Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati's most sought-after suburbs, the new development will seek to borrow from urban design amenities and will offer the community a city center for the first time. Developments like Norton Commons in Louisville have inspired the goal.

“This development has the capability to remake how future subdivisions across Northern Kentucky are built,” stated Mayor Callery. “We hope that the Sisters sell the property to a developer that is willing to invest in building a community and not just build another development.”

The sisters have issued a request for proposals from potential buyers for their land, and then the city will work with that developer on appropriate zoning.

The existing report offers a lot of possibilities.

The sisters will use the funds for their retirement as they vacate the land.

“We wanted to give the Sisters the most flexibility in selecting a developer. This process helps developers know what is possible on the site and what the community is interested in,” said Mayor Callery. “This is based on existing traditional neighborhood developments in other parts of the country that have a higher density and slightly taller buildings than those envisioned by our small area study. I’m looking forward to seeing what plan the eventual developer brings forward.”