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Proposals sought for 17 Westside properties

The building at 1110 Locust St. Development bids to return vacant buildings, lots to housing use  COVINGTON, Ky. – A program that has returned or is in the process of returning 44 previously vacant City-owned properties to productive use – with the goal of creating more home ownership – is seeking development proposals for its biggest assortment of properties to date.  ...

Façade work to start on ‘YMCA building’

The top photo shows the “radiator grille” that once covered 614 Madison Ave. The bottom photo shows the two buildings – 641 Madison and 19 E. Pike St., which wraps around it on two sides – as they looked last fall. The middle photo is a conceptual rendering from WorK Architecture + Design that shows a restored turret. Transformation to create hotel suites, bourbon ‘ex...

Prep work on IRS site intensifies

City seeks firms for demolition, environmental hazards removal   COVINGTON, Ky. – Three underground fuel tanks. A 3,000-gallon underground concrete “vault.” A sprawling one-story brick facility whose “footprint” stretches across most of 17 acres. Asbestos. Lots of asphalt.   And cavernous physical plant rooms filled with wires, compressors, greasy gears, gen...

Small businesses: Apply for $$$ by Jan. 29

Covington’s Small Business Program has been used over the last few years to help entrepreneurs and small businesses like The Roost in Latonia. City offering help renovating exteriors, paying startups’ rent COVINGTON, Ky. – Small businesses in Covington have until Friday, Jan. 29, to apply for the next round of City help in paying first-year rent or fixing up their exteriors. Si...

Emergency Business Assistance Program ends with funds exhausted

But other City, federal help available   COVINGTON, Ky. – One of the City of Covington’s grant programs set up to help businesses survive financially during the pandemic has come to end with the last funds allocated.   The $625,000 Emergency Business Assistance Program was funded with federal CARES Act money funneled through the City and $250,000 from the Kenton County Fisca...

City opens arms to Protective Life

Protective Life Corp. will be taking up 67,000 square feet of space in the RiverCenter l office tower, left, on the Covington riverfront. Major relocation reflects Covington’s changing economy  COVINGTON, Ky. – There was a time – more than a century and a half long, in fact – when manufacturing dominated Covington’s economy, the city’s job base solidly sitt...

Federal $$$ available for small businesses

To apply or learn more, contact KSBDC ‘coaches’ in Covington COVINGTON, Ky. –Small businesses in Covington affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are encouraged to reach out to business “coaches” located in the City and inquire about two federal financial assistance programs available today: The Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP. The Economic Injury Disaster Loa...

13 businesses get $478K in survival help

Up Over bar in MainStrasse Village is among the emergency grant recipients.  Covington, Kenton Co. partner to give pandemic-related grants  COVINGTON, Ky. – Thirteen Covington businesses will receive grants ranging from $11,200 to $50,000 to help them survive the pandemic, courtesy of an Emergency Business Assistance Program jointly funded by the City of Covington and the Kenton Co...

City to help 5 more small businesses

The Annex by Greenline Salon operates at 130 W. Sixth St., adjacent to its original location. Program awards $$ for rent, façade work; new round to begin  COVINGTON, Ky. – A City incentive program that has helped 55 small businesses in Covington with first-year rent or façade improvements since the beginning of 2018 is scheduled to add five more businesses – from fiv...

Funding tool for IRS site work leaps first hurdle

TIF district designation in works would use future state tax revenue to repay City’s debt   COVINGTON, Ky. – The City of Covington received preliminary approval today to study the possible use of future state tax revenues to pay for new roads, sidewalks and other improvements to the 23-acre IRS site and surrounding areas to prepare it for private development.   ...
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