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Monday, December 13, 2021

Plans Pushed to 2022 for US 27/Nunn Drive Project in Highland Heights

Phase two of the Town Center/NKU Gateway project will be constructed between Nunn Drive and US 27.


by Robin Gee

Proposed financing changes and other issues has prompted the city of Highland Heights to request a review of plans going forward for phase two of the proposed Town Center/NKU Gateway project along a six-acre stretch between US 27 and Nunn Drive. 

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As the city was preparing to issue $90,000 in bonds to support the project, the developer, Fairmount Properties, requested a change in who would receive the funding. Fairmount Properties was the initial developer for the project first announced in 2017. Since then the company has brought in the Provident Group as the investor and asked for the funds to go to that entity. Provident Group is a 503C nonprofit associated with apartment projects. It is affiliated with the Provident Resources Group based in Baton Rouge LA known for the development of nursing care facilities. Fairmount Properties would stay involved as managers of the project.

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The plan for the project

Phase one of the project was the new St. Elizabeth Medical Center. The plan for phase two is to construct a mixed use project with 208 market-priced apartments and 51,715 square feet of space for commercial and retail. It is a joint project with NKU and the city.

Fairmount Properties representatives had been pushing for resolution before the end of this year, and a public meeting had been planned to discuss the matter in November. City officials pushed that meeting back as they decided more discussion was needed on funding and other changes that have been proposed since the initial plans. .

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Concerns prompt a review

At the December 7 council meeting, Highland Heights City Administrator Michael Giffen explained. "We felt the plans were veering too far from what we wanted to see and what we felt like was initially presented to the city."

He told council, "We obviously didn’t want to rush the council into approving any of the financing with something you all were not comfortable with. So the developer has agreed to hit reset on the project in terms of the timeline and trying to rush this thing through to the end of the year."

He noted that the developer had agreed to meet and discuss the matter and proposed changes with Giffen and Mayor Greg Meyers in an effort to get everyone back to the same page before moving forward.

If all goes well, the plan is to move forward after the first of the year.


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