Construction Update

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.

A Letter from the Developer

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.

Rick Greiwe
Greiwe Development

A Town Center for Future Generations

With One Highland, we hope to recall a time in Fort Thomas when it was bustling with shops, restaurants and more. Places like Highland Theater, Stegner’s Grocery, Briarcliff, The Busy Bee, Marshal Granger Jewelers and Cloverleaf Dairy were fixtures of our community.

We hope to create a town center that is once again the hub of Fort Thomas. A place where we can live an even more engaging lifestyle with our neighbors, family and friends.

What would you like to see?

Do you remember the Town Center from a generation ago? What do you remember? What would you like to see from that bygone era in today’s development? We want to hear from you!