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Ft. Wright: New Issues with Smoothie King; Henry Clay Dead-End Proposed

The planned Smoothie King in Fort Wright has run into some issues.

After being denied by the Kenton County Planning Commission to create its structure near the Walmart and Planet Fitness in the city, the city council went against the recommendation and allowed the franchise to move forward with some modifications, particularly involving parking.

But the company's stage two development plan hit a snag.

There are elevation issues with the building, and other issues involving the turning radius at the drive-thru.

The look of the building is also an issue, City Administrator Jill Bailey reported. Smoothie King's corporate policy for the building's aesthetics may be in conflict with the city's desires for buildings in this shopping-centric area. 

Council decided to discuss the issue at its next caucus meeting on August 21. 

In other business, one resident asked to turn East Henry Clay Avenue into a cul-de-sac. Councilman Dave Abeln said he recalled the city previously discussing the request made by resident Tim Siegrist at meeting held at the Civic Club about four years ago. 

Abeln recalled that there were an equal number of residents on both sides of the issue on whether to make the street a dead-end or to keep it open.

The issue was shelved. 

It will also be discussed again at the August 21 caucus meeting.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor