Ascent progress: Covington continues to reach out, and up, finding its way in urban redevelopment

Covington’s dramatic Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge is an apt representation of this riverfront city’s drive to reach out, and up, into new places in realizing its potential as a forward-thinking place to live, play and work in an urban environment.

The Daniel Libeskind-designed spiral of a condominium complex is part living space, part work of art, part city show piece. This luxury high-rise is just over a year old, and in that time has attracted more than 50 families into the city core and earned a surprise global property award. It’s been named CNBC’s Best High-Rise in the Americas beating out buildings in Dubai, Rio and Sao Paulo. The award has sparked global interest in the building with requests from more than 34 countries for floor plans. The award cited the building's dramatic lines and overall impact on the Covington, KY skyline.

That recognition exemplifies Covington’s own aspirations to innovate, redevelop, and attract people who want to call the city their home.

The Ascent is just one of the far reaching projects that Covington and other city organizations have planned. There’s also neighborhood building through organizations like the Center for Great Neighborhoods. The center has taken a lead in the Greater Cincinnati Place Matters initiative that aims to strengthen neighborhoods with local solutions to local issues. In Covington, the center has focused on housing, jobs, education and community organizing.

Business organizations, too, are stepping up in this redevelopment effort. The Covington Business Council Foundation recently announced it plans to invest $50,000 in upgrading downtown businesses along Pike Street and to create a new development plan for the central business district.

Urban redevelopment is a massive task, taking years of fortitude, planning, setbacks and gains. But like the city’s Ascent, Covington keeps reaching for the sky.
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