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Park Hills Approves Agreement with Subdivision Developer

A development bringing more than eighty homes to a hilltop along the Covington and Park Hills border led to a nearly one-hour closed session of the Park Hills city council last week.

The city finally hammered out details in an agreement with Park Pointe developer Paul Zeltwanger of Joshua One, which developed the nearby Views project in Covington.

Councilwoman Pam Spoor outlined parts of the agreement that had previously been discussed between Zeltwanger and Mayor Kathy Zembrodt.

Negotiations had been ongoing since last April.

Per last week's meeting, the City of Park Hills will sell a property at the bottom of Amsterdam Road to Zeltwanger for $100,000. The money will be paid to the city upon the transfer of the land.

Reimbursement fees assessed to Zeltwanger were reduced from $175,000 to $127,000, an amount that Spoor said the city could live with. The city has already spent $55,000 on the project, and will be reimbursed for that.

The northbound lane of Amsterdam Road will be closed and the southbound land will be widened, to accommodate two-way traffic. Zeltwanger will hire the engineer for that portion of that project but city engineers will have oversight.

The street will be built to county standards, and should have a 20-year lifespan, Spoor said.

Spoor added that there will be a pathway, or sidewalk alongside the road that will be concrete. The sidewalk will be between five and six feet.

There will also be street lights along the stretch of road purchased by the city which will be reimbursed up to $25,000.

Council passed the resolution to approve the Park Pointe development agreement. Spoor told the public that the next step was for Zeltwanger to approve the agreement.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor

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