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Newport outlines next phase of urban revitalization


The city of Newport is ready to add an eighth historic district to its existing seven.
 
At a city commission meeting on Monday, Newport Mayor Jerry Peluso announced that planners will use a $20,000 award from the Kentucky Heritage Council, as well as $13,000 in matching grants from the city, to begin surveying roughly 1,000 Westside properties to establish the new historic district.
 
The new district will be located in the Buena Vista neighborhood between Eighth and 12th Streets, and from York Street to Brighton Street.
 
Newport residents like Kate and Micky McElwain, who are currently renovating a 19th century property on West 10th Street, see their city as a treasure trove of both history and potential.
 
“If you look at the east side of Newport in the late 1970s, early 1980s, there were very old buildings in various conditions," says McElwain. "With preservation, we now have a very beautiful neighborhood and we are hoping to have the same thing on the west side."
 
Read the full River City News article here.
 

Judge saves iconic brewery from demolition


Last week a Kenton County Circuit Court judge upheld the decision to stop demolition of a 19th century Bavarian brewery located in Covington’s Westside neighborhood.
 
The brewery, which was most recently home to the former Jillian’s nightclub, was purchased by Columbia-Sussex hotel group in 2007 with the hope of one day accommodating a casino. Once it became clear that favorable casino legislation would not materialize, developers sought to raze the structure.
 
The city of Covington adopted a redevelopment plan for the surrounding area in 2009 which would make use of the building; the city cited that plan in their recent argument to preserve the historic structure.
 
Plans for the brewery are uncertain, but Covington City Solicitor Frank Warnock was quoted as saying, “The property is in a great location and has much potential for development.”
 
Read the full River City News story here.
 

Area transportation planners urge officials to rehab Brent Spence Bridge


Renewed attention from Washington lawmakers could be key in renovating a long-time source of concern for commuters.
 
Washington-based newspaper The Hill recently identified the Brent Spence Bridge as the top infrastructural concern facing the nation. The bridge, which connects Covington to downtown Cincinnati and points along I-75, has long been the subject of concern for local residents and legislators alike.
 
“The story is important because The Hill is read by members of Congress and their staffs, and they know about the dire condition of the Brent Spence Bridge,” said Jill Meyer, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. “It also provides a reminder to local legislators and elected officials what is obvious to those in Washington.”
 
Transportation officials from both sides of the river are calling not only for rehabilitation of the bridge, but construct of a new one alongside it. The project will cost an estimated $2.5 billion, a figure that, due to inflation, increases $8 million for each month that construction is delayed.
 
Read the full NKY Tribune article here.
 

Hotel Covington makes national must-see travel lists


The highly anticipated Hotel Covington, which will make its July 2016 debut in the former Coppin’s Department Store at 638 Madison Avenue, has enjoyed the national spotlight recently via premier publications like Bloomberg and the New York Times.
 
“In lieu of armoires, vintage freestanding clothing racks pay homage to the location’s past,” states a New York Times story highlighting five new boutique hotels nationwide. “And this summer the spacious patio will host pop-up bars, movie nights and Sunday suppers.”
 
Meanwhile, a similarly flattering article published last month in Bloomberg Pursuits praises Aparium, the development group behind Hotel Covington, for its choice of location as well as additional development efforts in cities that include Milwaukee, Kansas City and Minneapolis.
 
Booking is now available for Hotel Covington’s 114 rooms, which range from the standard Coppin King to the luxurious 500-square-foot Knowledge Suite.
 
Read the full New York Times story here.
 

ReNewport initiative now accepting mini-grant applications


As part of its efforts to implement the ReNewport Quality of Life plan that was introduced earlier this year, the city of Newport is offering mini grants to fund hyper-local improvement efforts.
 
Applications are now being accepted for the mini grants of up to $500 for individuals and up to $750 for projects involving two or more people.
 
Funded by LISC Place Matters, the grants can be used for just about any community project, as long as it targets improvements in education, health, safety and wellness, housing, economic development, parks and recreation, beautification and community engagement.
 
Eligible projects include cleanup efforts, public artwork, organized walking tours, community podcasts and much more. Have an idea for a project? Download the mini-grant application here.
 

The Point/Arc's president honored with Covington Award


In a ceremony on May 19, president Judi Gerding of The Point/Arc of Northern Kentucky will be named the recipient of this year’s Covington Award, given annually to a person who has had a significant impact on the city and region.
 
Gerding, a lifelong NKY resident, has been a charter member of The Point/Arc since its founding in 1972 and the organization’s president since 1978. The org endeavors to provide educational services, training and jobs for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities through a number of nonprofit businesses and residential programs for adults.
 
The Point/Arc was recently recognized for establishing a new community coffee shop in Covington’s Old Town neighborhood. In addition to serving coffee, Point Perk provides life-giving employment opportunities for people with disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome and Fragile X syndrome.
 
The Covington Award ceremony and reception/dinner will take place at Twin Oaks Golf and Plantation Club in Latonia. Tickets are $55 per person and can be purchased by calling (859) 261-1762 or visiting the group’s Facebook page.
 
Read the full River City News story here.
 

Hollywood directors choose Ft. Thomas as filming location


For months, rumors have been circulating about a movie being filmed in Northern Kentucky. As it turns out, those rumors are true.
 
Hallavis Brothers pictures has chosen Ft. Thomas – among several other Northern Kentucky locations – to film its forthcoming sci-fi thriller, Curvature, which will star recognizable faces from TV shows such as How I Met Your Mother and movies like X-Men: First Class.
 
Shooting for the film, which has not yet set a release date, will wrap up May 20. Production crews are currently using the Hiland Building at 18 N. Fort Thomas Avenue as their headquarters.
 
"We chose Kentucky because the film commission has been great to us," says director Julio Hallivis. "Most low-budget films need help from the tax incentives in order to get financed and the film commission in Kentucky has been wonderful."
 
Read the full Fort Thomas Matters story here.

 

Website reveals Kentucky's "most underrated place"


A recent article from men’s lifestyle website Thrillist reveals what Northern Kentuckians have always known: Covington is awesome.
 
The article, which highlights each of the 50 states’ “most underrated places,” gives mentions to Covington’s views of the Cincinnati skyline, burgeoning arts scene and, of course, world-class bourbon.
 
“In addition to the art galleries and artist spaces, MainStrasse Village is home to two of America’s best bourbon bars -- Wiseguy and the Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar. Covington also boats 16 nationally registered historic districts, Cathedral Basilica (a one-third replica of the cathedral at Notre Dame), and the Roebling Suspension Bridge. Also known as the inspiration for that, you know, lesser-known bridge in Brooklyn.”
 
Read the full Thrillest article here.
 

Iconic riverboats eye Newport shore for new home


While the Delta Queen and other iconic riverboat relics have long since departed, the famed Showboat Majestic has graced the Cincinnati shores since 1967.
 
But it has been vacant since 2013, a fact that might soon change thanks to an ambitious plan to revitalize the floating national landmark, along with a second iconic vessel, the Mike Fink riverboat.
 
The plan, which Showboat Holdings LLC presented earlier this month to the Newport City Commission, calls for both vessels to relocate to the Newport shore, just west of the Purple People Bridge. There, they will entertain visitors in a 220-seat performance space and house a box office, gift shop and other amenities.
 
Downtown firm KZF Design would handle the architectural work, according to the plan.
 
Read the full River City News story here.
 

Dayton vice mayor previews Beyond the Curb NKY urban tour


“Vibrancy is a core and essential feature of our Northern Kentucky river cities – it’s a chief reason why so many choose to live, work and play here,” Dayton Vice Mayor Ben Baker said in a recent Enquirer opinion piece.
 
Baker’s comments preview the upcoming installment of Beyond the Curb, an ongoing urban living tour of Northern Kentucky that allows participants an inside look at some of the region's most iconic structures. The tour will come to Bellevue and Dayton April 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Past tours have featured residences and other buildings in Newport and Covington. The series highlights NKY’s walkability and unique history as well as its proximity to river trails and other outdoor amenities.

For more information and to register, visit beyondthecurb.org.
 
Read the full Enquirer story here.
 

Thomas More women's basketball team wins second straight title


April 4 marked 66 consecutive victories for the Thomas More College Saints women’s basketball team, coinciding with their second NCAA Division III national championship in a row.
 
The team finished the season 33-0, beating the seventh-ranked Tufts 63-51 in a Monday night game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
 
Simon Kenton graduate and sophomore guard Abby Owings led scoring with 17 points, while senior guard/forward Sydney Moss (Boone County) and sophomore forward Nikki Kiernan (Newport Central Catholic) had 14 and 13 points respectively.
 
The win results in head coach Jeff Hans becoming only the third DIII women’s coach to win back-to-back national titles. The feat was previously accomplished by Nancy Fahey of Washington University in St. Louis and Capital University’s Dixie Jeffers.
 
Read the full River City News story here.

 

Covington's Shotgun Row gets national media coverage


A recent article by Preservation Magazine highlights Covington’s efforts to rebuild its West Side neighborhood, starting with the renovation of several shotgun-style homes on Orchard Street.
 
The magazine, which is published by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, describes Covington’s West Side as, “a working-class enclave across the Ohio River from Cincinnati,” and features perspective from Sarah Allan, program director for the nonprofit Center for Great Neighborhoods (CGN). In 2012, CGN purchased three vacant properties from the city and two from private owners, all to be transformed into spaces for artists — defined in this case as anyone involved in a creative pursuit. Neighboring green spaces, complete with an urban-chicken coop, followed in short order.
 
“These houses were so far gone, people questioned why we would even want to save them,” Allan tells the magazine. “But with this project we were leveraging so much more than just a single building. We basically took the worst block and helped transform it. People look at Shotgun Row now and don’t even see the (individual) houses. It's like its own beautiful entity. It was definitely the most transformative project we've ever done.”
 
The article further details the Center’s efforts to rehabilitate substantially dilapidated historic buildings on Covington’s West Side, using grants from the Kresge Foundation.
 
Read the full Preservation Magazine story here.
 

Record year for tourism highlights meetNKY annual meeting


At its annual meeting on March 24, meetNKY – the region’s sales, marketing and service organization – reported a victorious year on many fronts for the Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau.
 
“There is no doubt in our minds that 2015 was All-Star in many ways,” said meetNKY President and CEO Eric Summe, referring to last summer’s hosting of the MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati.

As NKY Thrives reported, several other events bolstered the region's best year ever. Last summer's NASCAR series at Kentucky Speedway further underscored a tourism boom that researchers say will continue gaining momentum for years to come.
 
According to the report, travel and tourism contributed nearly $366 million to Northern Kentucky’s economy, or an average of about $1 million per day, during 2015. That number represents a $26 million increase over 2014 in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties.
 
Read the full NKY Tribune story here.

 

Renovated Meinken Field debuts with ceremony honoring Covington employees


Last July, when Cincinnati was chosen to host the MLB’s All-Star Game, league officials also began researching community projects to coincide with the big game. At that time, Covington’s former Programs and Strategic Projects manager Natalie Gardner suggested Meinken Field.
 
All-told costs came in at over $1M, with Gardner taking responsiblity for raising $330,000 in completion costs and organizing more than 60 volunteers to landscape the neighboring grounds.
 
Gardner was surprised upon arriving at the field for the first official baseball game of the season to see her name gracing the sign leading into the parking lot.
 
“I definitely squeezed out a few tears out there,” Gardner admitted.
 
Gardner’s colleague Eric Neff, Director of Human Resources for Covington Independent Schools District, also received recognition for his work on the project. Both Gardner and Neff were inducted into the Covington Public Schools Hall of Fame at the opening ceremony on Friday, March 18.
 
Read the full River City News story here
 

Baseball superfan Dale Silver hits a homerun as new president of Rosie Reds


Baseball has played a key role in Dale Silver’s life. In the last 20 years she’s missed only one Cincinnati Reds opening day, and she attends about 25 home games a year. She’s traveled to 25 of the 30 ballparks around the country (so far).

This year, Silver, a lifelong baseball fan — and athlete in her own right — will serve as the president of Rosie Reds, a philanthropic social organization focused on supporting the Cincinnati Reds.

Rosie Reds (Rooters Organized to Stimulate Interest and Enthusiasm in the Cincinnati Reds) was formed in 1964, when there was a risk that Cincinnati would lose a National League Baseball franchise. Rumor had it that Reds owner Bill Dewitt was considering moving the franchise to another city due to dwindling attendance and little community interest in the sport.

In addition to her role with the Rosie Reds, Silver is client services manager with C-Forward Information Technologies in Covington. She’s also active in the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, where she is an executive board member on the chamber’s board of directors and is vice chair.

Read the full Northern Kentucky Tribune story here.
 
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