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2009 a year of progress for Newport's center city

2009 was a busy year across the Cincinnati region, especially when the economic slowdown is considered. And Newport's center city this was no different.  New businesses, events, development, and neighborhood revitalization efforts filled out 2009 marking a year of progress.

Much of the progress can be seen by taking a walk along Monmouth Street from Newport on the Levee through the heart of Newport where 11 new businesses opened during the course of the year.

"It's been a challenging year but attitudes are looking up and people are still investing along Monmouth Street," said Bob Yoder, Newport's Main Street Coordinator.

Just down the street Newport's tallest tower, SouthShore, has risen 200-plus feet into the sky with luxury condominiums overlooking the Ohio River, Covington, Cincinnati and the surrounding rolling hills.

The historic river city saw more progress in its historic preservation efforts as well with the approval of the new Courthouse Square historic district that includes 22 buildings around the historic Campbell County Courthouse.

"As Newport continues to improve there are less buildings that need to be rehabbed," said Yoder who detailed a handful of rehabilitation projects currently underway.

The East Row Historic District was able to install new double-faced signs throughout the neighborhood, and four new bike racks were created and installed in City parks using iron fencing materials salvaged from historic properties.

2009 also set up Riverfront Commons for a spring 2010 groundbreaking that will create a new pedestrian and bicycle path along Riverboat Row thanks to a $727,000 federal grant.

And one of the most visible changes is taking place as the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky replaces its existing Southbank Shuttle buses with eight new vintage-looking trolley buses.  The switchover will allow the fleet to use the historic Roebling Suspension bridge with its new weight restrictions, and provide a more heritage feel for the many tourists and entertainment-goers that use the system to get to riverfront entertainment options in Cincinnati.

"To compete against the big box retailers and commercial outlets, downtown business districts must have businesses that people are passionate about and choose to go to over a big box store," explained Yoder.  "The businesses downtown have held strong, the quietness of a year ago is now gone and energy is really going up in the area."

Writer: Randy A. Simes
Photography by David De Bol
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Downtown investors giving Main Street a second look

Main Street is just two short blocks away from Downtown's main artery - Vine Street, and just one block away from the renaissance taking place in the Backstage Entertainment District along Walnut Street.  As a result the street boasting a comfortable building stock and some of Downtown's longest tenured businesses, is seeing new investment once again.

"When things weren't going well downtown, bad things would spread like a cancer," said Downtown Cincinnati Inc. President David Ginsburg.  "But now that things are going well the opposite is happening with the success around Fountain Square and the Backstage District."

Two of the newest businesses are Bouchard's on Main which is expanding from their popular Findlay Market location, and Lunch on Main which offers comfortable lunch offerings to the growing number of Downtown office workers.

Although not on Main Street, the Backstage District creep can be felt along 6th Street as Mr. Sushi opened this past week, and Passage Lounge continues to make progress on its location at the corner of 6th and Main that will feature downtown Cincinnati's first rooftop bar.

"It's not just how many new places are opening up on Main Street, but how well they seem to compliment the existing businesses there," said Ginsburg who also noted that the initial response to Bouchard's and Lunch on Main has been very impressive.

Main Street has more than just proximity to Fountain Square and the Backstage District going for it - it also sits right on the proposed Cincinnati Streetcar route as it heads north towards historic Over-the-Rhine and the uptown neighborhoods.  Main Street also boasts a unique collection of historic buildings and businesses that have escaped the capitalistic will of high rise developers.

Ginsburg continued, "you certainly have some wonderful buildings and businesses over on Main Street, and more economic development means more residents, more jobs, more investment and a more active Downtown."

Writer: Randy A. Simes
Photography by David De Bol
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Cincinnati Planning Commission approves new bicycle parking requirements

Cincinnati's Planning Commission has just approved a new bicycle parking ordinance that will require all new or expanded parking garages to provide bicycle parking.

The way that the ordinance is written now would require new or expanded parking garages to provide one bicycle parking space for every 20 motor vehicle spaces.  This ratio is comparable to other cities across the nation that have recently implemented similar ordinances including Portland, New York City, Charlotte, Cleveland, San Francisco, Kansas City and Denver.

"Surveys by the Department of Transportation & Engineering (DOTE) have found that the lack of secure, weather-protected bicycle parking facilities is a leading factor preventing people from cycling to work," said Melissa McVay, City Planner with the DOTE.

Should a parking garage fail to supply the necessary bicycle parking, the City can refuse to issue or renew their license.  In the instance of very large parking garages, there will be a limit of 24 total bicycle parking spaces that need to be provided.

The ordinance also specifies that the bicycle parking space shall be located inside the parking garage and in an area that is protected from the weather.  Additionally, each of the bicycle parking spaces will have to be equipped with a bicycle locker; securely anchored floor, wall or ceiling rack; or some other similarly designed system for securing the bicycle.

"I think it's really exciting that Cincinnati is going to be the first city in the region to require bicycle parking in garages," said McVay.  "But, it is important to remember that this legislation is just one of many steps that the City will ultimately take to make cycling more convenient."

McVay went on to say that the City is currently working with the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC) to install bicycle parking at Fountain Square while they also work on retrofits to several City-owned parking garages to meet the new standard.

In unrelated bicycle parking news, construction is currently underway on the new Bike Center at the Central Riverfront Park that will include lockers, repair facility, showers and connection to the riverfront trail system.  And the City's first on-street bicycle parking will be installed this April in Northside where one motor vehicle space will be replaced by an on-street bicycle parking corral with 12 bicycle parking spots.

Writer: Randy A. Simes
Photography by David De Bol
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Cincinnati's 21c future

When the person at the front desk closes with "… and make sure you check out our men's bathroom. It's just down the hall to the right of the big red penguin,"  you know you're in a unique place. And so went a recent visit to the 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville where Cincinnatians can get a glimpse into the future.

When the 21c Museum Hotel announced late last year that they had purchased the old Metropole Hotel building in downtown Cincinnati from 3CDC in the Backstage District, it marked the first new hotel in downtown in over twenty years. Located across from the Aronoff Center for the Arts and just next door to the Contemporary Arts Center, the historic building offers the ability to do many unique things.

"3CDC approached us with the location, and it was pretty much a dream", said CEO Michael Bonadies. 

The hotel will keep its boutique feel - the Louisville location, opened in 2005, has 90 rooms - the Cincinnati location is slated for 160 and Bonadies said the goal is to have it open in 2012.

"Our goal is to be a part of the community and really be one of the cultural centers of Louisville," Bonadies said.  In addition to the hotel's world class art collection,  Bonadies said they also host shows and events to keep things interesting for locals who, surprisingly, make up 90 percent of the revenues at Proof on Main, the hotel's hip, upscale restaurant.

The first ground floor and the level below are filled with art and exhibits that are rotated semi-annually including a few rooms that are big enough to hold an entire collection from an artist. One example was the 'Faces of Fooshegu' exhibit - a dynamic collection of twenty portraits of the people of Tamale, Ghana. This exhibit, among quite a few others at 21c, was created by local Louisville artists.

"21c reflects Louisville," said Bonadies, "and the Cincinnati location will reflect Cincinnati." 

According to Bonadies, owners Laura Lee Brown and her husband Steve Wilson have a passion for the farmland of America and want to make the urban centers a place where people work, play and live.

"They are doing their part to prevent urban sprawl and in turn protect the farmland they care about," said Bonadies who also stated that most of the art shown at 21c is a personal reflection of their tastes.

21c Museum Hotel is visually stunning, thought provoking, fun, and quite impressive, and that is all before getting in the elevator to head upstairs to the rooms which are stylish and modern with an artistic touch all their own.

And as for the men's restroom in the lobby, you will just have to go down to Louisville to see it for yourself. It's just down the hall and to the right of the big red penguin.

Writer: Dave Rolfes
Photography by David De Bol

Covington Federal Court decision gives support to aesthetic billboard regulations

Two years ago Cincinnati City Council member Chris Bortz proposed that the City should more closely regulate advertising benches located along Cincinnati's sidewalks. The intent of Bortz's effort was to clean up the city's streets by ridding them of these often unsightly bench billboards.  

Bench billboards are often not well maintained and create an unappealing aesthetic near bus stops where they tend to collect trash. When Council member Bortz discussed the issue in 2007 he suggested that he would like to see the benches replaced with wrought iron style benches that would improve the appearance around bus stops and the city's neighborhood business districts.

After Bortz's proposal took effect the City removed some bench billboards that were not properly permitted or had not paid the $30/year fee to the City for using the public right-of-way.  With more than 1,000 of these benches located across the city, the potential for revenue from the fees to make improvements seemed realistic. 

While First Amendment issues can often test these types of laws, a recent Federal Court decision in Covington recently found a new right-of-way encroachment ordinance in Covington constitutional, stating that cities can regulate items such as advertising benches, vending machines, and newspaper stands to meet certain size and aesthetic standards. When doing so the government must regulate in a way that does not involve the suppression of speech and violate the First Amendment and must also illustrate that the law serves an important objective.

"This is a great step in the right direction that helps the City reduce sign pollution and encroachments in the public right-of-way," said Covington City Manager Larry Klein. "The ordinance allows the City to continue its beautification efforts, and ensures that the public can traverse City sidewalks safely."

The Covington ruling is a boost for policies that move both cities forward and could steer the way to help accomplish the very things in Cincinnati that Bortz outlined in 2007.

Writer: Randy A. Simes
Photography by David De Bol
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Shaking things up in the Gateway Quarter of Over-the-Rhine

Progress continues to take place in historic Over-the-Rhine's Gateway Quarter district.  Earlier phases of residential and commercial development continue to sell out, while new phases of development are rapidly taking shape.

The new residents and businesses (like Senate that opens this Friday, February 19) are starting to take hold and breath new life into the ever-growing district now roughly bounded by Main Street to the east, Elm Street to the west, Central Parkway to the south and Liberty Street to the north.

The growing reach has been particularly evident heading north along Vine Street where two new infill buildings have risen from the ground over the past year while another full block of historic structures is currently being restored for dozens of new apartments and shops.

"Fourteenth & Vine only has two units left, and we have already pre-sold four at Trinity Flats," said Gateway Quarter real estate agent Holly Redmond.  "In 2010 we have sold nine units in total and now have three entire buildings sold out."

Trinity Flats includes 25 loft style units, and its location on the eastern side of Vine Street at 14th is seen as particularly valuable as the neighborhood continues its renaissance.  Many developers and community leaders see that location becoming the center point of a fully revitalized Over-the-Rhine (south of Liberty Street).  As a result, the Gateway Quarter leasing offices will soon be moving into the Trinity Flats building this April from its current location at 12th and Vine streets.

"This will eventually become the heart of the Gateway Quarter," said Redmond.  "Due to its location and abundant commercial space the area is really going to bloom."

Meanwhile the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC) will start construction on their new headquarters at 1400 Race Street this Spring.  The new headquarters is close to their next concentrated investment area that includes a $32 million investment in Washington Park that will include a new 500-space underground parking garage.

Writer: Randy A. Simes
Photography by David De Bol
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AIA to lead Broadway Commons casino charrette

On Saturday, February 20 Cincinnatians will have an opportunity to weigh in on the Cincinnati casino development project.  The American Institute of Architects Cincinnati will be hosting a day-long charrette that will look at the development's potentially dramatic impact on the surrounding urban district.

To be located at Broadway Commons, the Cincinnati casino will be built over a large surface parking lot but will potentially impact surrounding historic neighborhoods like Pendleton, Over-the-Rhine, Mt. Adams, Downtown and more with thousands of new jobs and tens of thousands of new visitors to the area.

"We have an emerging entertainment district right next to the casino site," said Michael Redmond who is part owner of Neon's Unplugged that will be opening this Spring.  "We were pushing forward with Neon's anyways, but when the casino news came out it certainly got the ball rolling."

Event organizers state that the goal of the charrette is to "maximize the potential for a successful casino development that is well woven into the urban fabric of Cincinnati."

This goal will be accomplished by gathering the input of various stakeholders who show up to the public sessions and developing a set of urban design principles that can act as a guide for the Cincinnati casino development team led by developer Dan Gilbert.

The Cincinnati Casino District Charrette will take place at the Art Academy of Cincinnati in historic Over-the-Rhine (map) and will run from 8:30am to 6pm.  Admission is free to all sessions, but space is limited and reservations are requested.  Those who would like to enjoy lunch at the charrette can do so by reserving theirs for $10.

Writer: Randy A. Simes
Photography by David De Bol
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Twin Bistro opens restaurant in the heart of Covington

On February 1 of this year, Kristin and Avram Steuber opened Twin Bistro & Catering at 111 Brent Spence Square (map) in the heart of Covington.  The new restaurant space and formalized catering service was a realized dream for the husband and wife.

"We would occasionally help cater events for our friends, but we really wanted a dedicated space to work from," said owner Kristin Steuber.

The roughly 2,000 square-foot former coffeehouse space now makes for a spacious location for their catering business and a full restaurant that seats close to 50 inside and an additional 25 outside with the potential to expand to seat more.

Avram Steuber worked as a sous chef for Kroger and graduated from the Midwest Culinary Institute in 2008.  He assembles the restaurant's menu and makes all of the items from scratch including Twin Bistro's highly recommended chicken salad, chicken pot pie, and meatloaf.

Twin Bistro is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and each day offers a hot plate special. Sandwiches run from $4 to $5.50 with breakfast meals ranging from $2 to $7.

Kristin said the business draws lots of repeat customers from the nearby IRS and other businesses, and as things progress they look forward to growing their catering business as well.

Twin Bistro is open Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 6pm and Sunday from 9am to 2pm.  Catering orders can be placed by calling (859) 291-6300, emailing info@twinbistro.com, or by faxing (859) 291-6500.

Writer: Randy A. Simes
Photography by David De Bol
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Cincinnati to kick off new Enhanced Recycling Program late spring 2010

The City of Cincinnati will begin distributing new larger recycling carts this May as part of the city's enhanced recycling program.  Distribution will occur in four phases and will eventually include carts at 104,000 households in Cincinnati.

The new recycling carts are touted as having several benefits over the existing 18 gallon bins used now.  The new carts will be offered in 18, 35, 64 and 96 gallon sizes, but will primarily be the larger ones according to Office of Environmental Quality Director Larry Falkin.

"All households in one - to four- family structures and additional larger structures that receive City trash collection will receive the new carts," said Falkin.

The new recycling carts will offer more than just additional capacity and wheels though, as the enhanced recycling program will also start a city-wide RecycleBank program that rewards users for increased recycling participation.

The RecycleBank program works by awarding points to users for the amount they recycle by tracking their participation through a small computer chip in the new recycling carts.  According to Falkin, these points can then be redeemed for free products and discounts at local and national retailers.

The new RecycleBank program will be one of the largest around and only the second such program in Ohio - Montgomery is in the second year of its RecycleBank program.  Falkin also stated that in other communities benefits in supermarkets and drugstores tend to be the most popular rewards.

The improvements being made in Cincinnati's enhanced recycling program will place Cincinnati among the national leaders in participation and diversion rates according to Falkin.  Most large cities in America currently offer curbside recycling programs comparable to Cincinnati's current program, but only a third of those use volume-based trash fees to encourage waste minimization.

Residents will soon be receiving informative mailings from the City that will detail the upcoming enhanced recycling program with important dates and changes.  Future improvements, to the enhanced recycling program, might include a return to weekly service, expansion of the program to businesses and multi-family structures, and the inclusion of milk cartons and juice boxes.

Writer: Randy A. Simes
Photography by Scott Beseler
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Cincinnati's famous Stag's Barbershop reopens in Avondale

De'Angelo Boynton remembers growing up with his grandfather Lester Hankerson and Otis Miller in Stag's Barbershop in Avondale.  The barbershop has been a neighborhood icon since it was started in the 1950's, and has been a point of pride for residents and an attraction for others.

"I grew up in the barbershop watching them cut hair of people like Muhammad Ali and James Brown," said Boynton who now owns and operates Stag's.

Some things have changed though according to Boynton.  For one, the barbershop has relocated from its original location nearby into a 1,400 square-foot location newly renovated by Cincinnati-based Model Group.

"The times have changed since Stag's first started, and there was a lot of criminal activity around Burnet Avenue," said Boynton.  "I'm very glad to see Children's Hospital, the Uptown Consortium and the Model Group doing what they're doing to change the neighborhood."

The change has been dramatic with a slew of new midrise buildings popping up along Burnet Avenue to serve the growing medical needs of Cincinnati Children's Hospital among others.  But the transition period has been difficult on Avondale according to Boynton who says that only one other neighborhood business still remains in the district other than his own, so he was very grateful when Model Group approached him about locating in the newly renovated space with upper-floor apartments last year.

The new Stag's Barbershop now includes a full beauty saloon run by Verna "Mickey" White who takes care of hair, nails and feet treatments.  The barbershop portion of the Stag's remains strong with Boynton and Charles Hemphill running that portion.  Stag's relationship with the Avondale community has remained with the move into the new space as well.

"I do a lot of work in the community, and I often cut hair for free for students at Rockdale Academy and others in the neighborhood who often can't afford to pay," explained Boynton.

After a tremendous first week of business in the new space Boynton is encouraged about the shop's future.  Open Monday through Friday from 8am to 6pm, and Saturday from 8am to 4pm customers can visit the shop at 3501 Burnet Avenue (map).  Men's haircuts are $15 and $20 for hair and face while children's cuts cost only $10.  For additional information about beauty saloon pricing please call (513) 751-7824.

Writer: Randy A. Simes
Photography by Scott Beseler
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Skirtz & Johnston Fine Pastries and Chocolates to open at Findlay Market

A long vacant space at Findlay Market will soon be filled by Skirtz & Johnston Fine Pastries and Chocolates.  According to Findlay Market President/CEO Robert Pickford, the bakery will occupy a double store front at 111/113 West Elder Street on the south side of the Market House next to Krause's.

Pickford noted that the 1,342 square-foot space has not previously been occupied and has been available for about 26 months.

"This brings Findlay Market to 86 percent occupancy," said Pickford who went on to say that if current prospects work out that the occupancy rate could reach 90 percent soon.  Skirtz & Johnston also fills several long awaited product niches in the market's overall product mix according to Pickford.

Going forward Findlay Market is hoping to secure additional fresh produce vendors, and preferably additional full-time fresh produce vendors like Daisy Mae's Market.  Ethnic groceries, pubs and cafes, and other more traditional retail formats are also being pursued to fill out Findlay Market's product mix.

"The new bakery will bring activity, color, great aromas, and new life to the south side of the market square," said Pickford.

The new vendor for Findlay Market joins after a tremendous year for the historic marketplace that experienced a 23 percent increase in customer traffic with roughly 758,000 shopping visits made to Findlay Market in 2009.  During that time the market also welcomed four new full-time businesses, and added Tuesday as a sixth day of operation year-round.

Writer: Randy A. Simes
Photography by Scott Beseler
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CDBG funds to help West Chester expand sidewalk network

Thanks to $148,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, West Chester Township is able to take a significant step forward in implementing its Connections Plan.  The CDBG funding will be combined with $40,000 from West Chester Township to construct sidewalks along Fountains Boulevard south of Cincinnati-Dayton Road.

"This grant award is a significant milestone in the development of West Chester’s Connection Plan," said West Chester Township Board of Trustees President Lee Wong.  "Sidewalks and bike paths make the community more enjoyable and provide residents with a safe alternative form of transportation."

According to project managers, the sidewalk project will construct a six-foot-wide path along Fountains Boulevard, and its final completed length will depend upon costs at time of construction.

The new sidewalks are being installed in a primarily residential area of West Chester that has experienced tremendous growth over the past two decades.  Since 1990, West Chester has nearly doubled in population and has seen the addition of thousands of new jobs including high profile companies like G.E. Aviation and AK Steel.

"These new sidewalks will provide safer access for residents of the adjoining neighborhoods to the new, growing commercial development," said Trustee George Lang. "Investors in this midtown district of our community have been supportive of the emphasis on pedestrian-friendly development, and this project will strengthen that effort."

The addition of all the new residents and businesses have created higher pedestrian counts in the area according to West Chester officials who state that increased safety and an enhanced quality of life is what's being pursued in West Chester's Connections Plan which is funded by money generated from local recycling efforts.

Writer: Randy A. Simes
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Original Thought Required brings fresh street wear style to Cincinnati

Over-the-Rhine's newest neighbor, Original Thought Required (OTR), opened January 29 on Main Street for Final Friday. The street wear boutique is one of the first of its kind in Cincinnati and its owner is excited to be a part of the renaissance taking place in the historic neighborhood.

"I really believe in what 3CDC is doing and I'm really excited to be able to make my dream a reality," said owner James Marable, who also lives in the neighborhood.

After graduating from the University of Cincinnati's College of Business in 2006, Marable started his own t-shirt line, Atypical Sole, and began working in advertising before he decided to take the leap and help grow local street wear culture in Cincinnati.

"It has been growing over the past four or so years now, and a lot of younger people are looking for original style, music and events," said Marable.  "The street wear culture is an edgy look and is typically more fitted and very much about self expression."

The nearly 800 square-foot boutique on Main Street was leased from Cincinnati-based Urban Sites and features exposed brick walls, a glass storefront, and narrow layout which works well with the boutique's design -  Marable said that he was originally attracted to the creativity of the space for his new street wear boutique.

"I wanted to create a space where people could come in with an open mind and be their own person," said Marable.  "I just want people to come and check it out even if they just come down and hang out without even buying anything."

Original Thought Required (map) will be much more than just a street wear boutique - it will eventually include regular events and be representative of the larger street wear culture where people focus on individuality, personal style, and music. Prices at the store will range from $20 to $100 for t-shirts, sweaters, flannel, button-downs, hoodies, sweatshirts, cut and sew pieces, and more.  The store is open Monday through Saturday 12pm to 7pm, and Sunday from 2pm to 6pm.

Writer: Randy A. Simes
Photography by Scott Beseler
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Keller Williams relocates to historic Columbia Tusculum neighborhood

Keller Williams Realty made the decision to relocate their realty group to Cincinnati's historic Columbia Tusculum neighborhood in late 2009.  Since that time the company has reportedly outpaced other local markets by 30 percent.

The relocation brings Keller Williams Realty to Columbia Square which was developed by Cincinnati-based Al Neyer Inc.  The mixed-use development features 30,000 square feet of retail space, restaurants, and 43,000 square feet of Class A office space that includes 30 executive parking spaces on the first floor of the four story structure.

"When the City partnered with Al Neyer Inc. to develop this project, we were hoping to be able to attract office tenants like Keller Williams Real Estate," said City Manager Milton Dohoney.

The realty group has leased 5,600 square feet of space and becomes the office building's first major tenant.  Inside, the Keller Williams Realty space serves as the home base for 104 agents and 22 permanent agents with dedicated office space.  The new space also serves as a training center for all of Keller Williams Realty's agents in the Cincinnati area.

The City of Cincinnati helped make major improvements, that included new streetscaping, to Columbia Parkway and Delta Avenue when Columbia Square was developed in 2005.  Additionally, the City maintains ownership of the surface parking lot in the center of the development that serves as parking for not only the Columbia Square development, but also the entire Columbia Tusculum business district.

"We can now see the mixed-use development concept at work, with Keller Williams’ 104 real estate professionals supporting the restaurants, fitness facilities, and other service businesses both in Columbia Square and in the surrounding business district," said Dohoney.

Writer: Randy A. Simes
Photography by Scott Beseler
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Providence Pavilion opens in former St. Elizabeth North hospital building

The historic former home of the St. Elizabeth North hospital in Covington (map) has been filled with a new rehabilitation and nursing center called Providence Pavilion.

Following more than $500,000 worth of renovation work, the 277,000 square feet of space will now provide rooms for 82 residents in addition to a wide array of treatment services and other amenities.  The new use of the 98-year-old complex also means the addition of 370 employees working throughout the three building campus.

"This is the beginning of an amazing project," said George Hagan, owner/operator of Providence Pavilion.

The first residents of the newly renovated facility moved in this past November into the building's fourth floor.  Lower levels are occupied by rehabilitation services and other medical services.  One of the most notable architectural features of the newly renovated structure is the cathedral-like chapel located on the building's second floor that boasts large stained glass windows.

St. Elizabeth Healthcare has maintained a significant presence on the site and is leasing more than 25 percent of the total 377,000 square feet for its financial operations and employee education programs.

“We have been pleased to expand upon the quality services that St. Elizabeth formerly provided to the community at this location. We also are honored that the Diocese of Covington has kept its offices in the building," said Hagan.

Future plans call for additional community services including those specifically targeted for senior citizens.

Writer: Randy A. Simes
Photography by Scott Beseler
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