Wednesday, July 26, 2000

Roebling project under way




By Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — Roebling Row, an 86-unit apartment building targeted at middle- and upper-middle-income renters, will open near the southern end of the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge in 13 months.

        Construction will start this week on the $9.5 million project that's been four years in the making, city officials and the developer, Towne Properties of Mount Adams, said at ground breaking ceremonies Tuesday.

        “On Labor Day of 2001, we'll be handing out keys to the new residents of Roebling Row,” said Arn Bortz, a Towne Properties partner.

        Roebling Row will include 70 two-bedroom and 16 one-bedroom apartments from 885 to 1,470 square feet. Monthly rents will range from $895 to $1,450.

        Covington officials said they hope the project will be the first of many to draw residents back to the city.

        The four-story, U-shaped apartment building will face Second, Third and Greenup streets. It will occupy a 1.76-acre site that was home to a city parking lot and Bensons Inc. catering business.

        In keeping with the adjacent Historic Licking-Riverside Neighborhood, the brick apartments will have varied roof heights, decorative cornices and porches, for a row house effect.

        About 110 parking spaces will be provided through garages and a motor court in the middle of the U-shaped complex, Mr. Bortz said. There also will be about 18 on-street parking spaces.

        In Cincinnati, Towne Properties' residential projects include Shillito Lofts, the Gramercy on Garfield and Groton Lofts.

       



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