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3 City-Owned Houses Placed on Market in Covington

The City of Covington is seeking answers to requests for proposals (RFPs) from interested parties for three city-owned properties.

The goal is to have the houses turned into single-family homes.

The properties are located in the Covington neighborhoods of Helentown and Westside.

"The city acquired these properties many years ago and they've basically sat vacant. It's time to return them to productive use," said Ken Smith, Covington's neighborhood services director.

The properties: 

  • 115 E. 16th St. - This two-story brick building in the Helentown neighborhood is over 100 years old and contains about 2,000 square feet.
  • 1118 Lee St. - This one-story wood-frame "shotgun" house in the Westside neighborhood contains about 750 square feet.
  • 1407 Russell St. - This two-story wood-frame house in the Westside neighborhood is over 100 years old and contains about 1,300 square feet. 

The RFPs can be found here. Proposals are due to the City by 10 a.m. Sept. 23.

The requests are the latest in a yearlong initiative to return city-owned parcels - some of which include buildings - to their best productive use. Back in April, the city created guidelines based on state law to govern that process using a case-by-case approach.

All three properties for which the RFPs have been issued have been the subjects of inquiries, Smith said.

The overall program guidelines, application, and current inventory can be found here.

-Staff report

Top photo: The two-story house at 1407 Russell St.

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The one-story house at 1118 Lee St.