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City Hopes for Mixed-Use Development at Beverly Hills Site

The site of the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire is for sale.

Seventy-nine acres along U.S. 27 in Southgate hit the market last month, listed by JLL Commercial Real Estate.

The site has been vacant for all of the forty-two years since fire claimed the famed nightspot and lives of 165 people on a May night in 1977.

Southgate Mayor Jim Hamberg told The River City News that the city hopes to attract a mixed-use development.

"What we would like to see is some type of office complex with some supporting retail, no big box," Hamberg said. "Even some type of single-family homes would be good."

Hamberg said that a hotel with a convocation center would also be ideal.

An email to JLL Commercial Real Estate seeking comment on Tuesday afternoon was not returned, but Fort Thomas Matters, which reported the listing of the site first on Tuesday, spoke with listing agent Rusty Myers, who said the site has already received interest from prospective buyers. 

The site is currently owned by Life Enriching Communities, which purchased the site in 2001. A call to that organization was not returned before publication.

Hamberg said that the city is working with the current ownership to acquire a piece of the property for the purpose of creating a permanent memorial to the Beverly Hills Supper Club.

That would likely be somewhere near U.S. 27.

The Beverly Hills sat back off U.S. 27 and was a posh destination for dining and live entertainment and often attracted some of the biggest show business names. On the night of the deadly fire, Hollywood singer and actor John Davidson was set to perform.

Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher

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