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Levee looks ahead with new retail leasing agent


Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate, Inc. has been named as the exclusive retail leasing agent for Newport On the Levee.
 
The announcement comes on the heels of news that the $80 million Aqua On the Levee residential expansion is meeting occupancy expectations, with tenants already leasing 91 of 239 available units.
 
“Greater Cincinnati is our hometown,” said Mark Fallon, Senior Vice President of Real Estate for Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate, Inc. “Whether developing projects of our own, or working on behalf of others, nothing gives us greater pride and pleasure than working to enhance the local retail, dining and entertainment offerings throughout the region. We look forward to getting started.”
 
Levee General Manager Harold Dull said the group selected Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate firm because of “their proven successes locally.” Locally, the group has been credited with bringing profitable tenants to Rookwood Commons, The Banks, USquare at The Loop, Kenwood Collection and Crestview Hills Town Center.
 
“They have a long history of outstanding success and we couldn’t be more excited to have them on our team,” said Dull.
 
Read the full NKY Tribune story here.

 

Construction to begin soon on KY 536 in Boone County


A segment of KY state route 536 will soon undergo expansion that will see the addition of widened roadways, roundabouts and multi-use paths.
 
WL Harper Company and Bluegrass Paving, Inc. of Hebron were contracted to complete the project along a three-mile stretch of Mt. Zion Road, which is expected to increase safety and improve traffic flow in the surrounding Union area.
 
“This project has been designed to accommodate the Union Town Center development,” said Bob Yeager, acting chief district engineer for Department of Highways District 6 in Covington. “There will be raised medians on the new Kentucky 536 and U.S. 42 to further enhance pedestrian friendliness.”
 
The Mt. Zion roadway will be widened from two to five lanes starting at the I-71/75 southbound entrance and exit ramps, westward to U.S. 42. The five lanes will revert back to two at Old Union Road.
 
Yeager also said the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will continue advancing design for improvements to additional KY 536 segments in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties.
 
Read the full River City News story here.

 

Ludlow entrepreneur gets serious about clown business


Paul Hallinan Miller is the driving force behind Ludlow’s popular Circus Mojo, a training ground for circus arts, where Miller has served up performances as well as beer for the last four years.
 
Circus Mojo has featured artists from 36 countries in an effort to put Ludlow on the global map for theatre arts destinations.
 
Now, Miller will partner with Belgium native Matthew Vermael to combine a new brewery concept with the circus business under the appropriately named Bircus Brewing Company. The pair will draw upon Belgian-inspired brew recipes, and proceeds will support Circus Mojo’s Social Circus Fund, which assists Ludlow’s children, nursing homes and hospitals.
 
“The theatre is a great venue, but you don’t make enough money selling other people’s beer,” said Miller.
 
Miller was able to raise $150,000 for the project from a variety of sources. “What’s so neat about this is my butcher invested, my doctor invested, a lot of people are investing, and I’ve been really specific and strategic in raising this money,” he said. “I wanted to tie in the whole idea of give the gift of beer this year, buy your dad a share in the brewery.”
 
Read the full NKY Tribune story here.

 

KY lawmakers convene to discuss state of horseracing


"I just wanted to emphasize the importance of historical horse racing to the Commonwealth," Kentucky Racing Commission Chairman Frank Kling told members of the Interim Joint Committee on Licensing and Occupations during a recent meeting at Turfway Park in Florence.
 
Instant Racing — or historical horseracing wagering — was introduced at Kentucky Downs five years ago and has since expanded to Ellis Park in Henderson and Red Mile in Lexington. Officials say that form of betting helps increase the total amount of money paid out to owners of horses racing at a particular track.
 
KY Horse Racing Commission Board Member Mark Simendinger said states like Illinois, New Jersey and California that do not offer historical horseracing wagering suffer the economic effects.
 
"They have struggled," Simendinger said. "It is a struggle without that additional money. For us to compete it is vital for us to have the best conditions, the best purse program."
 
Read the full River City News story here.


 

Bellevue opens region's fifth Habitat for Humanity ReStore


Local shoppers seeking discounted home renovation supplies can now look no farther than the new Habitat for Humanity ReStore, which opened recently on Donnermeyer Drive, in a shopping center that has long housed Goodwill, Big Lots and other discount merchants.
 
The new Bellevue Restore is the fifth of its kind in the region and will feature salvaged appliances, cabinets, furniture, building products and other household items.
 
The nonprofit, Christian housing ministry Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati (HFHGC) is the group behind the ReStore project. The Greater Cincinnati chapter opened in 1986 in efforts, according to the group’s website, to, “…build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.”
 
HFHGC salvages items from demolished and abandoned properties throughout the region. According to its website, the group is responsible for diverting up to 500 tons of waste from local landfills each year.
 
Visit the HFHGC website for more information.

 

Covington works quickly to rectify flooding threat to neighborhoods and green space


At one critical point last year, a levee at Covington’s 21st Street was sliding, prompting an “unacceptable” inspection rating from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last October.
 
The sliding posed a serious flooding threat for the Wallace Woods and Austinburg neighborhoods along the Licking River.
 
City Officials worked quickly on repairs that were estimated to cost between $1-2 million. The Licking River Greenway & Trails were closed while Great Lake Construction Company conducted repairs to the levee and finished portions of the greenway/trails.
 
As the city now works to secure funds for additional necessary repairs to a paved section of the greenway connecting to 8th Street, officials announced that the paved portion that runs along the top of the levee has been reopened.
 
Currently, the Licking River Greenway & Trails consists of a mile of paved trail. Organizers hope to ultimately extend the trails project through Covington, Latonia and Taylor Mill in Kenton County, and Wilder and Newport in Campbell County, where it will connect with neighboring trail systems like Riverfront Commons, which will run east to west along the Ohio River.
 
Read the full River City News story here.

 

Local organization dissolves, signaling windfall for other NKY nonprofits


The Community Foundation of Northern Kentucky (CFNK) recently announced it will close its doors and divide $8.3 million in accumulated funds and assets across 16 local organizations.
 
In additional to administrative and operational oversight for the NKY region, the CFNK provides social, educational and health services to Northern Kentucky residents. The reasons for the organization’s dissolution have not been made public.
 
Representatives will present a check for the donation in a ceremony planned for this Thursday morning at the Metropolitan Club in Covington.
 
Organizations that will received the disbursed funds include Brighton Center, Covington Ladies Home, NKU Nursing program, St. Elizabeth Foundation and others.
 
Individual donation amounts have not been disclosed.
 
Read the full River City News story here.

 

Covington launches large-scale downtown residential project


The first phase of a large residential project began the demolition phase this week in downtown Covington. The project, which will be named Duveneck Square after famed Covington artist Frank Duveneck, will begin with 110 one- and two-bedroom living units along Washington Street between 7th and 8th Streets.
 
“To see the physical transformation of this area begin and knowing the significant investment being made is an awesome feeling," said Covington Mayor Sherry Carran. “Through the collaborative efforts and the focus of NorthPointe Group, the The Catalytic Fund, Kenton County, City staff & Commission, and the partnership with Covington Independent Public Schools on the Industrial Revenue Bonds, we are at a point where it is hard to deny the City is moving forward in a positive direction.”
 
This project comes on the heels of the recent opening of the $22M Hotel Covington, and represents the first in a wave of significant residential investments unfolding in Covington. A nearby related project is called 501 Main Street.
 
Read the full River City News story here.

 

KY Makers Market to feature regional playbook launch


The season’s final installment of the popular Old Kentucky Makers Market series will kick off Friday, November 4 in Bellevue and feature craft beer, local food and music. The event will be a variety of local vendors, as well as autumn-themed activities
 
The purpose of the series is to showcase Northern Kentucky’s vast and varied handmade offerings and homespun ideas, but organizers are also using the event to test the Neighborhood Playbook — a tool created by two local residents that will help bring investment and positive change to emerging communities.
 
The playbook was created by People’s Liberty Project Grantees Kevin Wright and Joe Nickol — both Northern Kentucky residents, but who work extensively with redevelopment groups representing both sides of the river.
 
Organizers will distribute copies of the Neighborhood Playbook and share ideas for individuals and groups to activate their neighborhoods and build on positive momentum.
 
The event starts at 5 p.m. at 700 Fairfield Avenue in Bellevue. Visit the Old Kentucky Makers Market Facebook page for more info and to RSVP.
 
Catch the WVXU interview with Wright and Nickol here.

 

New Covington pub will celebrate local baseball heritage


Owners of the popular Dickmann’s Sports Café in Fort Wright will open a new bar and grill at Covington’s Roebling Point next summer.
 
The new entertainment spot will be named after baseball legend Smoke Justis, who played for the storied Covington Blue Sox — the professional team who spent less than a season here in 1913 — in a stadium at Scott Blvd. that has since been replaced by the Kenton County Parking Garage.
 
True to its name, Smoke Justis will serve a variety of meat-forward entrees that will include Kentucky Hot Brown, chicken wings and sliders. The bar will also feature craft beer and bourbon as well as vintage sports décor.
 
Owner Richard Dickmann is excited to join the spate of Covington restaurants currently thriving at the south end of the Roebling Suspension Bridge.
 
"I don't see any change in my lifetime of where the urban core is going. I only see it getting better," said Dickmann, whose family has operated Dickmann’s Sport Café for 22 years. Dickmann moved to downtown Covington four years ago. "When you walk outside the building and look north, there is not a better vantage point than Court Street."

 

Beyond the Curb brings hundreds to Ludlow


The fourth installment of the popular Beyond the Curb series took place over the weekend in Ludlow, KY, and featured hundreds of visitors exploring the cozy river town community’s unique public spaces and private residences.
 
Previous Beyond the Curb tours have explored riverfront spaces in Newport, Covington and Bellevue/Dayton. Tours feature both renovated properties and new construction – all with the goal of showcasing the wide variety of options for living and working in Northern Kentucky’s urban core.
 
The Catalytic Fund is the group charged with promoting events and series like Beyond the Curb, with a mission of “accelerating Northern Kentucky’s urban renaissance though targeted investments in catalytic real estate development and redevelopment projects in urban neighborhoods.”
 
The Catalytic Fund is a private sector, not-for-profit organization providing financing assistance and related services for developers of quality residential and commercial real estate projects in Northern Kentucky’s urban cities. The organization was designed to implement the urban renaissance initiatives outlined in the myNKY regional plan, and emphasizes the “Power of Six” focus areas critical to regional economic competitiveness.
 
Visit thecatalyticfund.org to learn more about the organization’s goals and discover more upcoming and ongoing events.
 
Read the full River City News story and explore Beyond the Curb photos here.

 

Dayton KY artist collective takes home Big Pitch award


This year’s ArtWorks Big Pitch competition featured several small projects by established artists, makers, designers and creative entrepreneurs from around the Greater Cincinnati region.
 
There were bakers, framers and apron-makers, but one project in particular shone a spotlight on Northern Kentucky’s creative scene.
 
Scott Beseler is a professional photojournalist and the creative force behind The Lodge, a multifunctional creative space and recording studio housed in a former Masonic lodge in Dayton, KY. Beseler submitted The Lodge for Big Pitch’s annual competition, ultimately taking home $5,000 in business grants as recipient of the competition’s audience-choice award.
 
The competition, presented by U.S. Bank, provides contestants with business coaching and support for 10 weeks, culminating in a public pitch event in front of a live audience and an expert panel of judges. The competition took place Oct. 6 at Rhinegeist Brewery in Over-the-Rhine.
 
Beseler, who describes his vision for The Lodge as a “rock ‘n roll bed and breakfast slash art studio,” will use the awarded funds to make necessary repairs and upgrades to the physical space, while looking ahead to expansion that would include installing a commercial kitchen for catering events and hiring an employee to oversee day-to-day operations.
 
Read the full Soapbox Media story here.
 

Kroger shows love to renovated store with community mural


“Love the Cov” is a refrain that has taken on many meanings in the short years since it came to represent a regional celebration of all things Covington, Kentucky.
 
This month, grocery giant Kroger gets in on the act with creation of the “Love the Cov” community mural that now adorns the newly renovated Covington store, located at 1525 Madison Avenue.
 
The mural – the fifth that Kroger has locally commissioned since 2012 – will extend across three of the store’s exterior walls, with elements depicting the surrounding neighborhood’s racial and ethnic diversity, as well as material landmarks such as the Futuro House, Heron Fountain and the Ascent.
 
“Kroger is committed to the community and this is something that is unique,” said Patty Leeseman, Public Affairs Manager for Kroger’s Cincinnati/Dayton division. “We are also trying to bring a little bit of the community to the store. That’s why we did the focus groups and the research, we wanted to make sure we got input from the community because this is their store.”
 
Read the full NKY Tribune article here.
 

Nexigen tech to make Newport first "smart city" in Midwest


Newport-based tech company Nexigen has announced a vision that includes installing smartLINK nodes – nine-foot carbon fiber structures emitting a canopy of super-fast wireless internet – at various points throughout the city.
 
The nodes will be connected to high-speed fiber optics, with Wi-Fi capabilities extending 30 to 300 miles from a single access point. Project leaders hope the system will streamline parking, trash collection and other municipal processes, while providing residents with a more connected, better informed day-to-day experience.
 
Newport will be among the first in the country to scale the technology, thanks to Nexigen's technology, which boasts a smaller scope and footprint than similar projects being undertaken by other U.S. cities.
 
“Most smart cities we are seeing are trying to help those without the means to afford fancy technology or high-speed internet access,” said Nexigen co-founder Jon Salisbury. “We have actionable steps we have taken which allow for these groups to gain access to internet and information about the community like jobs and current events.
 
Read the full River City News story here.
 

Registration opens for ArtStop Series at The Carnegie


This fall and early-winter, kids ages 7-12 can engage in creative learning through ArtStop Artist Series workshops at The Carnegie in Covington. Online registration is now open.
 
The workshops will offer dance and drama as well as two- and three-dimensional art projects such as “Tiny Town,” a visual installation that allows students to imagine their own city and then build it.
 
“Our programs are very student-driven, allowing them to freely create and reflect upon their work in a safe environment,” says Alissa Paasch, education director at The Carnegie. “On top of that, they are taught by top-notch teaching artists — two instructors are in the room at all times — for a very low cost.”
 
Read the full Soapbox Media article here.
 
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