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Erlanger Hopeful for Lots of New Jobs as Old Cinema Site Development is Explored

The City of Erlanger is on track to improve the number of jobs in the city, according to Mayor Tyson Hermes.  
The 135 acres which used to house the Showcase Cinemas is under contract to be purchased by developer Al. Neyer, and according to estimates in a presentation given at the September committee meeting, the company would like to turn the acreage into an industrial park, which could spawn 1,725 jobs, and an additional 1,067 indirect jobs.
Three buildings are in the plan for the industrial park, an estimated $54.7 million project. Payroll receipts at the site could approach $70 million, according to estimates.
Hermes said ground would break on the project in the last quarter of 2017, because the work has to be approved by the Army Corps of Engineers, and there are quite a lot of environmental concerns, which he said can take ten months to a year. Yet the news is good for the future of the plan.
"I have heard that people are coming out of the woodwork who want to locate there," said Hermes.
Another project scheduled to happen in Erlanger is the expansion of the Kenton County Library's branch in the city. Hermes reported that according to the branch manager, Angela Payer, administrative offices are coming to Erlanger, and they want to expand the parking lot and to bring a 500-seat auditorium and several small meeting rooms into the city. The expansion will also include a maker's Space.
There will be a public hearing at the Planning & Development Services building on Royal Drive in Ft. Mitchell on Thursday, October 6 at 6:15 p.m. on the subject. The expansion is expected to bring 30 more jobs into the city. 
Other notes:
John McGue came to the meeting to complain about flooding on Perimeter Drive. He said he was told that the street was a mess because layer upon layer of blacktop has been put down which nearly eliminated the curbs, and water comes up over the yards and floods the houses. 
"The street is in dire need of major surgery," he said.
Hermes said the Perimeter Drive is on the city's maintenance schedule for early next year, but it could possibly moved up.
Marcus Estenfelder, who came last month also, upset about the traffic in his neighborhood, thanked the police who sat near the intersection and stopped many people who insist on defying the stop sign, but said it is a continuing problem. City Administrator Marc Fields said the city is looking into closing a portion of Perimeter Drive because it is a dangerous spot where it joins Stevenson Road, and people are using it as an access to Hallam Avenue to avoid Stevenson. He said the area affected by the change will be surveyed, and the city's public relations director Joe Christofield will be in charge of that. Estenfelder is also going door to door to collect signatures for a petition.
Councilman John Dunhoft brought up the six bids that the city received for the demolition of the property at 710 Erlanger Road. He recommended to council that they go with the low bid of $23,600 from AFM Demolition, and council agreed.
There is a new program for volunteers in the city, and a meeting will be held in the council chamber next Monday at 7 p.m. for anyone who wants to be a part of the program. Food will be provided.
Chad Bilz of Focus Insurance and Risk came to talk as part of the business spotlight. He has recently relocated back to Erlanger and is striking out on his own.
Erlanger Police Department's Tom Loos, Jr., and Jeff Mosier were given award pins: a five-year pin for Loos and a fifteen year pin for Mosier. However, they were both hailed as indispensable, having at least fifty years of experience between their careers.
Mayor Hermes declared October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as well as Fire Prevention Month.
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
Image via Tyson Hermes's YouTube channel