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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Follow up: Additional Details on Memorial Point in Southgate

Rendering of a single-family home for the proposed Memorial Point development in Southgate.

By Robin Gee, city council beat editor

Bill Kreutzanjans, Jr., of Ashley Builders Group, shared a few more details on the proposed Memorial Point project in Southgate. "Ashley Builders Group is honored to be working with the city of Southgate on development of Memorial Point," he said. "The project will offer residential living options, maintain greenspace and provide a permanent and appropriate memorial."
Here is more detail on different aspects of the project:

The project is a joint venture between Ashley Builders Group and Vision Realty Group and is expected to be valued at more than $65 million dollars. Target completion for most of the project is 2022 with single family homes to be built over about five years.

Now that the Southgate city council has approved the initial development agreement, the next step is to make the zoning change request through the Campbell County Planning and Zoning Commission.

Approximate timeline:

  • July 14, 2020: the tentative approval date for the zoning and development plan review by the Planning Commission. A public hearing will be set at the time. The public hearing will gather testimony from the public and all involved. This will be entered into the record for the city’s decision-making process.
  • August, 2020: If the Planning Commission recommends, the plan is for this to be the first reading of the zone change request by the city.
  • August or September 2020: Second reading by the city and, if all goes well, the approval.
  • Between end of 2020 and beginning of 2021: After approval of the zone change, the developer will work on obtaining construction, utility, and other approvals and permits as needed before construction can begin.
  • Fall 2021: Once permits are ready, construction will begin on memorial, assisted living, apartments and some of the single family homes.
  • End of 2022: Plan is for construction to be complete for the project with the exception of some of the single-family homes.
  • Ongoing for about five years: Completion of all the single family homes.

Zoning: No updates from earlier reporting but this is the request: Change the zoning from the Professional Office Zone to a combination of Residential Three (R3), Residential One E (R1E) with a Residential (RCD) overlay zone as well as General Commercial (GC) along US 27, which will connect with the existing commercial zone that runs along that road.

Memorial: After discussion with the city and interested community groups, the initial plan for the memorial includes:

  • A list of names of all the victims
  • A map of the site as it was in 1977
  • Fire-safety regulations implemented as a result of the fire
  • A list of first responders (fire, EMT, police) at the fire

Additional details will be worked out through coordination with the city and the community. Construction on the memorial will begin after permits are secured and site preparation is complete, clearing the way for it to begin. The memorial will be in the first phase of the project as it gets underway. The developer will gift the memorial to the city of Southgate upon its completion.

Roadways and construction plans: During the development of the project, the developer plans to build a permanent, public right-of-way road that will travel through the development and connect Blossom Lane with US. 27. The developer assures that Blossom Lane itself will not be used for construction traffic of any kind.

Assisted living center: The for-profit assisted living center will have 79 residential units and areas for support services. Care and support fees are expected to range from $3,000 to $6,000 per month.

Aerial view rendering of the assisted living facility in the Memorial Point project. The facility will include 79 rooms/units.

Rendering of the assisted living facility proposed for the Memorial Point project in Southgate.

Apartment community: One- and two-bedroom upscale apartment units will be built in a series of four- and six-unit buildings. In all, the developer expects to build between 100 and 200 apartment units. Common areas will include a clubhouse, indoor fitness facility and swimming pool. Rents will range from $1,100 to $2,000 a month.

Four- and six-unit, three story buildings will feature one- and two- bedroom apartments at the Memorial Point site. The developer says the plan is to design the apartments to look almost like large single-family homes.

Single Family Homes: About 89 single-family homes will be built overall (over a five-year period). Homes will have from two to four bedrooms and will include houses and smaller single family cottages. Starting price will be in the upper $300,000 range. A homeowners’ association (HOA) will maintain the single-family homes as well as a neighborhood park and greenspace.

This will be the second project that Ashley and Vision Realty have partnered on, the first being The Kent Lofts in Bellevue. Vision Realty was founded three years ago by Matt Olliges and Jeff Hudephol, both of Fort Thomas.  

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