Almost two years after it was first announced, construction on the John R. Green luxury apartments in the MainStrasse area of Covington, Kentucky, is finally underway.
The $38 million, seven story loft space located at 411 W 6th St, Covington, KY 41011, will house 182 apartments throughout the top four floors, plus three floors of parking spaces below–200 for residents and 100 that will be available to the public. The plans also include about 10,000 square feet of additional space to be used for retail development.
Construction Process Solutions, Ltd. (CPS) was hired to provide owner’s representation services for developer John Whitson from RealtyLink’s regional Birmingham, Alabama, offices. CPS’ Michael Collins serves as Project Executive with Mike Thiess as the Project Lead.
Thiess, as the senior consultant on the project, will handle the day-to-day operations on the lofts and will liaise with Whitson and the construction manager through project completion, which is expected to be in the second quarter of 2019.
Since the project centers around the landmark John R. Green building and the existing lots around it, precautions needed to be taken to preserve the structure as much as possible for future redevelopment. Working around this building has proven challenging. “[We’re working around a] tight site and tall structure with the proposed building having zero-feet setback requirements from the property lines, and neighboring residences and operating businesses within 10 feet of the property lines,” Thiess says. “It’s like standing at the edge of a forest with a cliff at your feet, [the challenge is] how do you step back to see what’s happening?”
Despite the wait and a few challenges, overall the project is seen as a boon for the MainStrasse area. “We are very much looking forward to the opening of the JR Green Lofts. As a neighborhood and an association, we are working hard to get ourselves ready for all of the changes that this and other projects will bring to our doorstep,” Chip Adkins, Executive Director of the MainStrasse Village Association says. “We have always believed that the village was a special and unique neighborhood, and the lofts…[will bring] new residents with new energy, new ideas, and…a passion to contribute to the area we call home.”
Thiess agrees. “I believe the project will provide a spark of growth for the businesses with the influx of additional customers and revenue [and that] the project will provide a spark of revitalization for the neighborhood as other homeowners seek to capitalize on the improved property values,” he says.