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EXCLUSIVE: Cold Spring Purchases DAV Property, Cincinnati Children’s Could be Part of Deal

If all goes according to Cold Spring officials' plans, the former DAV site will belong to a joint partnership between St. Elizabeth Healthcare and Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

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by Robin Gee, city council beat editor

If all goes as Cold Spring Mayor D. Angelo Penque and city officials have planned, southern Campbell County may see a new healthcare facility at the former Disabled American Veterans (DAV) property. In fact, the mayor said, plans are underway to develop the facility through a partnership between St. Elizabeth Healthcare and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

The city has finalized the official purchase of the nearly 30-acre property at 3725 Alexandria Pike for $6.5 million from the DAV.

Penque said once he had obtained the title and had the keys in hand, he met with officials from St. Elizabeth Healthcare to discuss future plans for the site. He said the plan is to sell the property to the partnership within the next 30 days.

While the city is moving forward with plans, officials are also awaiting a ruling in a contentious battle for the property between the city and the Campbell County School District. School officials filed to take the property through eminent domain to build a second middle school to serve the southern end of the county.

Campbell County Circuit Court Judge Julie Ward held a preliminary status hearing on the case in July. The city and the school officials are expected to return for a ruling on the case October 6, said Penque. If the court rules in the city’s favor, Penque plans to meet with the healthcare providers as soon as possible to continue discussion and to sell them the property.

At this point, the hospital officials have not shared any specific plans for the property. Penque said he is excited to see plans unfold.

"I’ve been fighting for years for a medical facility in Cold Spring — not just this past year or two but it’s been five or six years," he said.

"It’s really a plus-plus for Cold Spring and the whole community. It’s good for the whole area, and a big deal, especially for Northern Kentucky and the and the counties south of Campbell, including Pendleton and Bracken," Penque said.

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