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Elsmere Exploring New Municipal Building for City Government, Police

The City of Elsmere is now in the ranks of the multiple Northern Kentucky cities looking to build or actively constructing a new municipal center.

Mayor Marty Lenhof announced Friday that Elsmere is in discussions with a local property owner for the purpose of purchasing it and constructing "a new, modern, larger, and more accommodating city building - a project that has been discussed for years, including during the implementation of the Elsmere Strategic Plan."

The proposed building would house city administrative offices, council chambers, the police department, and an outdoor public area. It would replace two buildings - the current city building on Garvey Avenue and the police department on Dixie Highway. Lenhof said the two buildings are no longer functional or able to meet the city's needs.

"While final details must still be negotiated and finalized, there is no plan to raise property taxes to pay for a new city building," Lenhof said. "In fact, through the effective management of resources and tax dollars, for the second year in a row the City of Elsmere will be lowering the property tax rate."

"Elsmere, its employees, elected officials and most importantly its residents have needed a new, more functional and larger city building for years. The new building will have high visibility, easy accessibility and expanded meeting space for the public to attend city council meetings. A major improvement for our residents will be the convenience of assessing city services and employees in one centralized location."

More details, Lenhof said, would be shared as the process moves forward.

Elsewhere in Northern Kentucky, Lakeside Park is building a new municipal center as Covington and Dayton search for locations for their new city buildings. Kenton County's government is set to move into its new building next month.

-Staff report