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With a Caterpillar’s swipe, the ‘Flat Top’ era ends

As seen from the east, the former IRS “Flat Top” dominates the 23-acre Central Covington Riverfront site.   5½-month demolition of IRS facility begins today COVINGTON, Ky. – A Caterpillar 365 excavator will approach the former IRS data-processing facility sometime today and – with a ferocious swipe of its bucket – rip off the southern edge of the ...

Grace period ends for new parking meter hours

Changes protect on-street spots for small businesses COVINGTON, Ky. – The month-long grace period is over: Parking meters will now be enforced 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday in Covington as part of an effort to preserve on-street parking for small businesses who need it to survive. The new hours went into effect March 9 and “courtesy tickets” – aka warnin...

M&M Service’s new HQ = ‘spectacular’ transformation in Helentown

M&M Service is the Tri-state leader in petroleum equipment, service, and sales -- a specialized industry that in the company’s case includes construction, distribution, and a variety of other services related to gas stations … plus a growing presence in the future of the automobile industry – electric power. COVINGTON, Ky. – City of Covington officials helped M&...

New partnership will nurture creation, growth of Black-owned businesses

Members of a new partnership in Covington pose in the space it will use in “Innovation Alley.” Crouching in front is Cheniece Wilson of the African American Chamber of Commerce (AACC). Otherwise, from left to right, are James Pullins from the AACC; Meg Stephenson of the NKU Collaborative for Economic Engagement; Henrietta Sheppard, Annette Smith-Tarver, Jill McCauley, and Gregory Parke...

Construction trailers, design RFP signal progress on IRS site

COVINGTON, Ky. – The long and complex process of transforming the vacant 23-acre IRS site into a reimagined neighborhood jumped forward this week on parallel tracks – one visible to the public and one all but behind the scenes. O’Rourke Wrecking Company moved construction trailers to the site as it plans to begin removing asbestos and underground fuel tanks next week, kicking ...

O’Rourke Wrecking to demolish IRS site

City OKs contract, work to start next month COVINGTON, Ky. – Almost 55 years after it opened and 2½ years after it closed, the sprawling IRS data processing facility will soon cease to exist. The Covington Board of Commissioners on Tuesday night voted 5-0 to hire O’Rourke Wrecking Company of Cincinnati to demolish the sprawling one-story “Flat Top” complex, rip...

The Cov goes to Frankfort

City officials use legislative reception to tout progress COVINGTON, Ky. – Networking makes the world go ‘round … and late last week, City of Covington officials were in Frankfort talking to legislators, Cabinet secretaries, statewide Constitutional officer holders, lobbyists, economic development officials, and others about work being done in The Cov. The setting was the ...

Covington construction trades school can’t open soon enough

The Enzweiler Building Institute – which teaches essential construction trades like plumbing – is opening a Latonia campus this fall.  Industry in desperate need of skilled workers COVINGTON, Ky. – John Kennedy sells paint for a living. He’s also a matchmaker, confidante, and sounding board. From behind the counter of B&E Decorating near Ritte’s Corn...

From 20 W. Pike to France

Ross Patten (maroon shirt) listens during the Eastern Corridor cookout & conversation event last fall. Key economic development official Patten leaving the City for overseas adventure COVINGTON, Ky. – Even if you haven’t met Ross Patten personally, odds are you see evidence of his work every day throughout Covington. New small business in your neighborhood? Patten likel...

$10MM lab could change the world

In its lab on Russell Street, researchers from Bexion Pharmaceuticals are working to revolutionize the treatment of cancer. (Photo used courtesy of Bexion) City partnering with Bexion, CTI, Gravity Diagnostics  on facility that would accelerate life sciences-biotech work COVINGTON, Ky. – Bexion Pharmaceuticals began in 2006 with two researchers, shards of incredible data, and a...
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