Bal­cony con­struc­tion on Square ap­proved

The Covington News - - LOCAL - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­news.com

The Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil voted to al­low the re­moval of a light post, tree and tree well on the Cov­ing­ton Square for a new build­ing project.

The project, dubbed “project blast,” al­ready re­ceived ap­proval from the his­toric preser­va­tion com­mit­tee to con­struct a bal­cony that would en­croach onto the side­walk of the square.

The busi­ness and its pos­si­ble fu­ture lo­ca­tion are be­ing with­held due to that fact that the project is still un­der the devel­op­ment process. Cov­ing­ton Mayor Ron­nie John­ston did say con­struc­tion is ex­pected to be­gin some­time be­fore 2015.

The plans, re­viewed by both the city and the his­tor­i­cal preser­va­tion society, call for the en­croach­ment to be about two feet off the edge of the side­walk, where the curb is.

“In or­der for the bal­cony to be placed on the pro­posed site a tree and tree well would need to be re­moved as well as the light post,” City Man­ager Leigh Anne Knight said. “A con­sen­sus of the group agreed this was fea­si­ble and would not in any way hin­der that side of the square.”

The coun­cil voted to al­low the con­struc­tion, 5-1 with Hawnethia Wil­liams op­pos­ing, not know­ing what the build­ing would be.

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