Covington’s Town Heights Eyed for Probable Sale, Relocation of People


The Housing Authority of Covington (HAC) is nearer to offering the City Heights housing sophisticated.

Citing what the agency called “insurmountable critical renovation expenses approximated at in excess of $84 million”, the strategy is to vacate the premises, relocate residents, and sell the the 70-12 months previous, 63-setting up complicated.

HAC’s board of directors voted 4- to undertake a resolution authorizing Government Director Steve Arlinghaus to submit a Area 18 application to the U.S. Section of Housing & Urban Enhancement (HUD). If acknowledged by the federal government, HAC would start out relocating residents in a phased program by issuing vouchers to 10 homes for each thirty day period.

“No household will be left homeless,” Arlinghaus explained. “We will make sure of that.” 

Residents will acquire support in relocation as a result of specialists, moving products and services, and other financial aid, HAC mentioned. 

The total relocation energy is anticipated to consider a few decades or far more, an announcement said.

The City of Covington will be asked by HAC to apply to HUD for up to 350 Tenant Defense Vouchers (TPV), via its Housing Option Voucher plan (beforehand identified as Section 8).

The board’s vote to get started hunting for a purchaser of the house began in November 2019, when a physical desires assessment was conducting, exhibiting a have to have for tens of thousands and thousands of pounds in repairs.

The assessment located a lot of issues with elementary “systems of the advanced – which includes cracked foundations, deteriorating sanitary sewage lines, undersized electrical units, and failing gasoline and heating pipes – and estimated that it would cost nearly $51 million to resolve people problems the initially three a long time.”

The assessment believed it would charge over $84 million in overall to also modernize the apartments and resolve style deficiencies linked to kitchen area, laundry, and pantry dimensions and setups. Town Heights “is not marketable for recent housing requirements,” it concluded. 


When vacated, HAC will position the home up for sale.

A recent appraisal by Schoepf and Associates of Fort Thomas placed the internet benefit at $6.04 million.

Town Heights, previously regarded as Ida Spence, was designed in 1953 and is made up of 366 units with around 1,000 inhabitants in 63 properties. It sits on the southern conclude of Benton Street, available by using Highland Avenue, at the best of a hill in a remote area. 

-Staff members report

Photo: Town Heights entrance (RCN file)

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