Bradford on Scott Nears Completion, Retail Tenant Announced

 

A ribbon will be cut on Thursday to open the latest redevelopment project in downtown Covington.

The Bradford Building on the 300 block of Scott Boulevard joins a growing list of historic properties seeing new life in the city.

The Catalytic Fund and Orleans Development joined with Heritage Bank and the City of Covington to redevelop the long-vacant building, named for the son of famed nineteenth century Covington businessman and philanthropist Amos Shinkle, into a mixed-use residential and commercial property.

“The Bradford on Scott is a prominent historic asset valued by its community," said Catalytic Fund president/CEO Jeanne Schroer. "We were glad we were able to execute a development plan that saves the building and contributes to Covington’s ongoing development momentum. The Bradford on Scott will continue the high standard of quality that we see in the Boone Block Lofts and positively impact future redevelopment projects in Northern Kentucky.”

“We appreciate the fact that our Catalytic Investors, Corporex, BB&T, Duke Energy, PNC Bank, US Bank, First Financial, Haile Foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Central Bank, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, and Fifth Third Bank, were willing to support this project by providing equity funds to purchase the property and debt funds for its renovation.”

The Bradford on Scott is located at 326-336 Scott Blvd., in Covington’s Roebling Point entertainment, residential, and business district. The 14,800 square-foot three-story structure was built in the early 1870s as a public dance hall. It was later converted for mixed use, with residences on the second and third floors and commercial space on the street level. The most notable commercial tenant was the Sly Fox Bar/Viva La Foxx “gentlemen’s club”, which had closed before the Catalytic Fund gained site control in 2016.

The renovation of the building is now essentially complete, creating five condominium units, with lighting and finishes selected by interior designer Carey Warman, who took inspiration from both New York brownstones and Paris townhomes. Each unit has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and outdoor spaces; four of the five have roof decks. One “townhouse-style” unit has two floors of living space and a third floor with access to the roof deck. Two of the five units are already under contract.

Two of the five street-level commercial spaces have been combined and will soon be home to the second location of The Native One, a women’s clothing boutique which will offer an expanded product line, including items for the home, stationery and house plants. The Native One’s other location is in OTR and was opened when the owner was just 20 years old.

 “The Bradford on Scott has been a labor of love for many years. The vibe of the building is different from what we usually do, so I’m really excited to showcase the model and to see the sales potential of the remaining units,” said developer Tony Kreutzjans, owner of Orleans Development.

-Staff report