Sunday, May 26, 2002

Center looking for spot to build

Organizers back at it 2 days after site was rejected

By Cindy Schroeder,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — Two days after Covington City Commission rejected a possible site for a center to help homeless people get back on their feet, organizers pledged to continue their search for a location.

        Laura Cook, spokeswoman for Corporex Cos., said the center's organizers hope to meet with Covington officials soon to discuss possible sites for the Life Learning Center.

        “I have not heard from the Life Learning Center,” Covington City Manager Greg Jarvis said Thursday. On Tuesday, Covington City Commission voted 3-2 to reject a zone change that would have allowed the center to be built at the former Robke Chevrolet lot in the 1300 block of Madison Avenue. Ms. Cook said that center organizers are reviewing locations previously suggested in a May 14, 2000, letter from Covington Assistant City Manager Tom Steidel, as well as another one later suggested by the city.

        First publicly proposed in 2000, the center would centralize a number of agencies and services designed to help the homeless and the working poor become self-sufficient.

        The $3 million center would be made possible through the backing of Bill Butler, Corporex Cos. chairman.

        Potential locations suggested by Covington officials include Greenup between Lynn and Robbins Streets, Greenup from 10th Street to Robbins Street, Greenup from 10th Street to Eighth Street, Eighth Street and Scott Boulevard, south of Pike and Lee Streets, 12th and Holman to 12th Street, 12th and Lee Streets to Jillian's, Goebel Park off 9th Street, Crescent Avenue, and 10th and Washington Streets.

        Ms. Cook also thanked Covington City Commissioners Craig Bohman and J.T. Spence for their support, as well as “the hundreds of citizens and organizations who have expressed unwavering commitment to assist the poor and underprivileged of the community.”

        Anyone who wants to support or become involved in the Life Learning Center can e-mail the center at or phone (859) 392-2210.


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