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Jackson Square Plan/Orchard Park Plan

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Jackson Square

Located in Covington, Kentucky’s Westside, Jackson Square is less than a twenty-minute walk from the downtowns of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Covington and Newport, Kentucky. It is at the southern end of Covington’s historic and active Mainstrasse neighborhood and well connected to the Ohio and Licking riverfronts. The neighborhood, itself, is accessed from Pike Street to the north, 12th Street/Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to the south, by Russell Street to the east, and I-75 to the west.

The plan for Jackson Square leverages the neighborhood’s one-of-a-kind location, the incremental investment that has been going on in the neighborhood for decades and several opportunities it has for future growth. The plan simultaneously removes barriers to increase investment through new infrastructure while identifying key sites for development that can, in turn, catalyze further investment.

Orchard Park

Orchard Park, a vacant city-owned greenspace bordered by Jackson Street, Orchard Street, Berry Street, and Locust Street, is located in the Westside Neighborhood. The designs for new residences in the Orchard Park area plan to enhance the character of the historic neighborhood and convey a sense of local identity. They should be compatible with the surrounding architecture but contemporary, reflecting the period in which they are being constructed. Careful consideration of the integration of the new residences into the context of the surrounding structures is essential. 

New development should respect the rhythms of the existing streetscape in terms of the setbacks, lot widths, and massing. Buildings should be sited parallel to the street, and a maximum of three stories in height. Designs should be oriented to pedestrians, and garages should be located at the rear or secondary elevations. Modern interpretations of the historic ornament and detailing found within the neighborhood are encouraged, and new buildings should have a similar level of complexity of form and detailing as the historic architecture. Flexibility is allowed for the single family structures to be detached, semi-attached, or a fully attached rowhouse typology, as long as the design respects the historic streetscape character.

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