During the first two weeks in November, building demolition to make way for the new development will occur. The BB&T building will remain until a restaurant tenant is secured.
A fence has been erected to secure the construction site. This measure has caused the closure of the sidewalks adjacent to the site along North Fort Thomas Avenue, Highland, and Woodland. Pedestrian traffic has been rerouted so the public, especially students stay safe during the construction period.
The city has also posted no parking signs in several areas. Fort Thomas residents are encouraged to use these new walking routes and not use the street in front of the project for a sidewalk.
Habitat for Humanity will be inside the buildings during the last two weeks in October removing woodwork, doors, hardware, cabinets, plumbing and light fixtures, furnaces and air conditioners that can be repurposed.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
To the Citizens of Fort Thomas,
The Fort Thomas School District, Campbell County and Fort Thomas City Council decision to
support our residential mixed-use development paves the way for another great community
asset. Besides the best schools and parks in Northern Kentucky, residents will boast about their
attractive downtown in the coming years.
This project would not have happened without their collective leadership. Building a new
mixed-use development is expensive and risky. Everyone knows about escalating construction
costs, but a bigger challenge for a developer is entering an untested market. Fort Thomas is a
downtown with primarily older retail and office space and lower rents. It is a city without
modern condominium flats with elevators and underground parking. So, we are going to
establish a new market with our project.
We are bullish on Fort Thomas but needed the partnership with the City to make the numbers
work. This partnership includes Industrial Revenue Bonds that will be paid off by the new tax
proceeds collected by the City on the project. It also includes the City purchase of land and
construction of a public parking lot to support merchants.
Public incentives to stimulate economic development are not just happening on large projects
like Ovation but smaller mixed-use projects in neighboring communities like Newport and
Covington. For example, Duveneck, River Haus and John R. Green projects all received donated
land or funds to create public parking along with tax incentives.
Our collective investment will result in many positive returns. For the school system, a
significant increase in future revenue from real estate taxes. For the City, an opportunity to
attract additional retail/office development and earnings taxes. For existing merchants, a way
to generate additional traffic or expand into new commercial space. For citizens, the realization
of your community plan “to create a vibrant and resilient business district.”
For our development team the outcome is not just a fair return on investment. It is about the
satisfaction of building community. We look forward to working with you to create an exciting
new gathering place and new residential lifestyle for Fort Thomas.