IRS site survey: Weigh in on 3 concepts

Consultant asking public to discuss July 12 presentation
COVINGTON, Ky. - You can still make your voice heard on the future of the 23-acre IRS site.
A new on-line survey lets members of the public weigh in three conceptual designs proposed during a public meeting July 12 by Cooper Carry, the global architecture and design firm that is helping the City plan and gain development control of the site.
“If you missed the meeting, this is your chance to voice your opinion,” Covington City Manager David Johnston said. “More than 100 people were there July 12, and a comment I heard frequently was how surprised and thrilled people were to see the visual renditions of ideas they had previously voiced to the consultant. So obviously public engagement is a critical part of the process, and it will continue to be.”
The 11-question survey can be found HERE.
It asks survey takers to indicate their level of support for each of the three concepts and to describe specific elements of each concept that they like or dislike. It also asks survey takers to pick their preferred plan and for general feedback.
Kyle Reis, director of planning for Cooper Carry, called the survey “a helpful tool for feedback” and said it would be available for about two weeks.
The survey includes sketches of the three conceptual plans, called “Green on the Levee,” “Love the Covline” and “Central Green.” All three propose a mixture of uses for the site, but they vary widely in how the buildings are arranged, how the street grid would look, and how the site would be connected to the levee of the Ohio River.
Cooper Carry’s complete July 12 “Reconnecting Covington” presentation can be found HERE, and a City news release about the unveiling can be found HERE.
The IRS is scheduled to close its longtime paper processing facility at the end of September, mothball the site, and then prep it for eventual demolition. The City hopes to gain development control of the 23 acres, finalize a conceptual plan for the land, and then divide the project into pieces to be developed by separate companies, a process that could take years.
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