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School's Possible Move, Warehouse Construction Concerns Erlanger Residents

The possible move of Northern Kentucky Montessori Academy to a residential part of Erlanger has some neighbors in the city concerned.

Those concerns were raised at a city council meeting earlier this month.

The school currently operates on Anderson Road in Crescent Springs but is looking at a space on Kenton Lands Road, near residences on Hulbert Avenue in Erlanger. The three-acre piece of land is currently vacant.

The city's economic director, David Hahn, said the school has not purchased the property. 

The Kenton County Planning Commission approved the addition of private schools to the list of conditional uses within the single-family and multi-family residential zones, leaving the ultimate say to city council.

Some residents on and around Hulbert suggested that increased traffic would be a problem.

"We do not want a school across the street," said resident Tonya Ritchie.

She told council that the school is a business and doesn't belong in a residential zone.

Linda Ligas, who has lived on Hulbert for twenty-five years, and her mother, Linda Mardis, who live a few houses down from her are both upset.

"It is zoned single-family homes, and we want it to be kept that way," Ligas said.

Margis showed two pages of signatures of neighbors opposed to the plan.

City administrator Matthew Kremer said the zoning already allows for public and parochial schools. Northern Kentucky Montessori is considered private, which required approval of a text amendment to the zoning code.

The city's board of adjustment already conditionally approved the text amendment. The next step is consideration at city council.

The issue could be raised at the next meeting in May.

"We are looking at more than one place, and everything is in consideration," Julia  Preziosi, executive director of the montessori school, said in a statement to The River City News. "Wherever we end up, we want to be good neighbors.  We are in a very preliminary stage now. I would even say it is a stage of due diligence, and we would still have to raise money, and decide on the best place."

Meanwhile, other residents protested plans for the construction of a warehouse on Kenton Lands Road.

Neyer Construction is building a 300,000-sq. ft. warehouse in an industrial zone. Hahn, the economic director, explained that the building is in compliance with all regulations, so it needed no approval from the city.

Joan and David Wurtenberger, from Crescent Springs, believe there is a good chance the trees that the company will put in as a buffer will not be adequate to shield their house and their neighbors from the light and noise they say will come from a business that operates around the clock.

Mayor Jessica Fette said that there is no tenant on record yet, so they don't know if the business would be a 24/7 operation.  

Other residents expressed concern about tractor trailers clogging the road.

City council also voted to place school resource officers in schools. The police officers in the Erlanger-Elsmere school district will be paid for by both cities and the district in a three-way split.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor

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