May 21, 2024


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Covington’s Metropolis Heights Eyed for Doable Sale, Relocation of Inhabitants


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

Citing what the company called “insurmountable vital renovation prices estimated at more than $84 million”, the system is to vacate the premises, relocate citizens, and promote the the 70-year old, 63-making complex.

HAC’s board of directors voted 4- to adopt a resolution authorizing Executive Director Steve Arlinghaus to submit a Section 18 software to the U.S. Section of Housing & Urban Progress (HUD). If recognized by the federal governing administration, HAC would get started relocating people in a phased plan by issuing vouchers to ten households for each month.

“No family members will be left homeless,” Arlinghaus mentioned. “We will make sure of that.” 

Inhabitants will get aid in relocation via professionals, transferring services, and other money guidance, HAC explained. 

The complete relocation effort is envisioned to get a few many years or extra, an announcement stated.

The City of Covington will be asked by HAC to use to HUD for up to 350 Tenant Security Vouchers (TPV), by its Housing Preference Voucher system (beforehand regarded as Segment 8).

The board’s vote to commence hunting for a consumer of the assets commenced in November 2019, when a bodily needs evaluation was conducting, showing a need for tens of thousands and thousands of dollars in repairs.

The assessment found many issues with elementary “systems of the complex – such as cracked foundations, deteriorating sanitary sewage lines, undersized electrical devices, and failing gas and heating pipes – and estimated that it would cost almost $51 million to take care of these difficulties the initial 3 a long time.”

The evaluation believed it would value about $84 million in whole to also modernize the residences and repair layout deficiencies related to kitchen area, laundry, and pantry measurements and setups. Town Heights “is not marketable for present housing wants,” it concluded. 


The moment vacated, HAC will put the assets up for sale.

A recent appraisal by Schoepf and Associates of Fort Thomas positioned the web worth at $6.04 million.

City Heights, previously acknowledged as Ida Spence, was formulated in 1953 and is made up of 366 models with around 1,000 inhabitants in 63 properties. It sits on the southern stop of Benton Street, accessible by using Highland Avenue, at the major of a hill in a distant spot. 

-Staff members report

Photograph: Metropolis Heights entrance (RCN file)