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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Fort Thomas to Consider Use Change for property on US-27 Smart Corridor

A change request would allow a new use and new life for a former auto repair business at 1513 Alexandria Pike. The new use would be to house equipment for a swimming pool business.
by Robin Gee

On Tuesday, November 23, the Fort Thomas Board of Adjustment will consider a request to allow a nonconforming use change for the property at 1513 Alexandria Pike. Formerly an automotive business and building with two apartments, the property is actually zoned Professional Office. 

The property sits on the US-27 Smart Corridor, a stretch of road from Newport on the Levee to Northern Kentucky University that includes the county and the cities of Newport, Southgate, Fort Thomas, and Highland Heights.

The smart corridor concept, which originated in Fort Thomas, is designed to decrease traffic congestion, improve transit, increase transportation options, and create safer sidewalks while also protecting bike lanes to accommodate tech- and entertainment-friendly environments.
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The new owner of the property, Bradford Pittman, has requested a change to allow him to use the property as a storage facility for his pool business equipment and vehicles. The request does not involve retail pool sales, only a place for storage of equipment belonging to the business.

The owner may use some of the space in the adjoining building as an office, said Kevin Barbian, general services director for the city, but it is not clear yet what the owner plans for the apartments. The owner has been working to repair some of the structure as he awaits the decision from the Board of Adjustment.

Criteria for acceptance of the change is based on whether the new use would be an imposition on the site, especially in terms of traffic, said Barbian.

Barbian said he expects the Board of Adjustment will likely grant the change as the business meets the basic criteria. It would actually bring less traffic and noise than the auto repair business formerly at that site.

As always, the public is invited to attend the public hearing at the meeting of the Board of Adjustment to be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Fort Thomas Community Center (Tower Park Mess Hall), 801 Cochran Avenue.

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