With five “homes” in 50 years, City government in Covington has lived a nomadic existence, forced time and again to throw the public’s belongings on its back and move to a hastily prepared location, often one poorly equipped for the critical mission of public service.
Currently, City Hall is renting space at 20 W. Pike St., a converted J.C. Penney department store. The temporary arrangement began in 2013 and was meant to be short term, but 10 years later, most City offices are still located there. (The Police and Fire departments, Public Works, and the Housing Choice Voucher division are located elsewhere.)
However, Covington officials are working toward building a permanent City Hall in the 600 block of Scott Street on property the City acquired just south of Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken.
WHERE: Here’s a map, with the red line enclosing the new City Hall site:
WHY: Despite a retrofit of 20 West Pike, the building remains inadequate for government functions. It lacks office space, meeting rooms for large groups, modern technology, a functioning lobby area, and even a lunchroom. Desks are jammed into hallways, closets, and common areas. Staff who work in teams are physically separated. And citizens who come to pay bills, apply for permits, or address Code violations must conduct their business out in the open. Furthermore, the Commission meeting room is poorly lit and has terrible acoustics.
WHEN: The Covington Board of Commissioners approved a contract on Feb. 28 with the team of Brandstetter Carroll, Inc. and Elevar Design Group to design a new City Hall.