STATEMENT FROM JUDGE/EXECUTIVE KRIS KNOCHELMANN
“When the current county administration building opened in 1969, it contained the City of Covington, the courts of the now 16th Judicial District, the Kenton County Jail, and the Kenton County Fiscal Court. One-by-one, most of these tenants moved out – first the City, then the Courts and finally the Jail. At the end of this process, the County was left with a fifty year old building that is about 40% utilized, in a location away from major traffic arteries and with little surface parking for use by residents. After a lot of work and a search lasting nearly sixteen months, a site has been identified that will provide a solution to all of these issues.
On Tuesday, the Fiscal Court is initiating the first prong of a three-phased effort to improve the access of Kenton County citizens to their government by purchasing the old Bavarian Brewery property in Covington, adjacent to I-71/75, for use as the site of a future county administration building. With the site consisting of approximately 4.5 acres, and located immediately off the 12th Street interstate exit, we have found a new location for the county administration building that offers great access to residents with all the surface parking we’ll ever need. It’s a fantastic opportunity to make County government more accessible and efficient for our citizens.
The County is also continuing to develop a campus plan for the Courthouse in Independence to make it a better provider of services. At the completion of our efforts in Independence and Covington, along with the technology improvements we’re undertaking, we’ll offer Kenton Countians the most accessible and efficient government services they’ve ever experienced.
As most know, the current county administration building has been offered to Northern Kentucky University for use in creating an urban campus. If this opportunity doesn’t materialize, we will work with interested developers to convert the existing building to private use. Several groups have toured the building and expressed interest, and we’re confident that either option will contribute significantly to the renaissance underway along Covington’s riverfront.
STATEMENT FROM COMMISSIONER JON DRAUD
“The new county building will ultimately go down in history as one of Kenton County’s great accomplishments. I am proud to be a part of this outstanding achievement. The new facility will make it convenient for all citizens to participate in their government.”
STATEMENT FROM COMMISSIONER JOE NIENABER
“The redevelopment of the Bavarian Brewery site into the Kenton County Administrative Building is an exciting opportunity on many levels. First and foremost it provides a highly accessible and efficient location for all citizens of Kenton County. Direct interstate access, ample surface parking and opportunities to combine multiple county services in one location will benefit both the residents and businesses of the County. This development will help secure a big part of the history of Covington and Kenton County and help stimulate private investment in a highly visible and vital corridor.”
STATEMENT FROM COMMISSIONER BETH SEWELL
“The redevelopment of the old Bavarian Brewery will provide more accessible services and make a strong statement welcoming folks to Covington, Kenton County and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It’s a great neighborhood compliment to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, the Center for Great Neighborhoods, and the Linden Grove Cemetery & Arboretum. I look forward to collaborating with the Westside Neighborhood Association and other surrounding neighborhoods to put together a redevelopment vision that respects the existing historical character of the site, while utilizing the space to provide quality services. Over the last two decades of living and working in Covington, I have witnessed and been a part of many significant improvements to the community, and this one will certainly be a worthy addition to that list.”