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Downtown Covington Buildings Part of Announcement on Wednesday

It is unlikely that the corner of East Pike Street and Madison Avenue will be home to the relocation of Area 51.

Or a Day Spa for the retired Goebel Goats.

Both of those ridiculous scenarios are floated as possibilities in a tongue-in-cheek promotion by the City of Covington which placed announcement signs on the building that was most recently home to Gateway Community & Technical College's downtown campus bookstore. Historically, the building was home to Citizens National Bank.

It sits immediately north and next to the former downtown Covington YMCA building on Madison Avenue, which also wraps around behind the old bank building and continues along East Pike Street.

That building was also slated to become part of Gateway's urban campus, which has since been scaled back since its original announcement six years ago.

A third option floated by the city on its promotional signage is "Adding more cool stuff to the COV".

Whatever is happening at these two historic buildings will be known on Wednesday morning. An announcement is set for 10 a.m.

The city purchased the buildings in October from the Kentucky Community & Technical College System with the idea that a new development was nigh.

Together, the buildings encompass 72,000 square feet and share a block with Hotel Covington.

“This is one of the hottest areas of the city for development, what with Hotel Covington all but next door and Duveneck Square Apartments and Braxton Brewery Company just around the corner,” Covington Economic Development Director Tom West said in a news release. “The suspense has been intensifying, and now we’re excited to explain the site’s future.”

Artists’ renderings of the proposed new development will also be available at Wednesday morning's announcement. 

-Michael Monks, editor & publisher