The large-scale Riverfront Commons project in Northern Kentucky continues to gain momentum and financial support with more than $200,000 pledged for advocacy efforts for the $170 million redevelopment plan.
The most recent pledge came from the Northern Kentucky Port Authority, which has approved $25,000 investment. The funds will go toward consulting and other efforts led by SouthBank Partners, a non-profit advocacy group for Northern Kentucky’s river cities.
“In just two months, Southbank has raised over $200,000 of the $350,000 needed to engage consultants, including a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm that will lobby for the federal funds for this audacious project,” said Roger Peterman, Chairman of the Northern Kentucky Port Authority.
Billed as “a nationally-recognized amenity and destination,” Riverfront Commons would consist of a multi-use trail linking Northern Kentucky's river cities and offering connections to Cincinnati via the Purple People Bridge, to the proposed Licking River Greenway, and to the Boone County park system. It would include bike and pedestrian paths and erosion stabilization, including connections to the business districts along the path, as well as to Devou Park in Covington.
Dan Tobergte, Northern Kentucky Port Authority Secretary-Treasurer, said the Port Authority’s support stems from “the significant opportunity to improve the Ohio and the Licking River corridor with erosion control and sediment control, as well as the bike and pedestrian path opportunities that will greatly enhance the downtown living experience for young professionals.”
Writer: Feoshia Henderson
Source: Dan Tobergte, Northern Kentucky Port Authority Secretary-Treasurer