March 2021

Kenton County building transformation set to begin

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Monday March 29, 2021

Kenton County building transformation set to begin

A historical building in Covington, Kentucky is getting a big update. Kenton County’s 303 Court Street, a former city-county building and jail is becoming a multi-family development that will include commercial space. After five years of work setting up the project, Al. Neyer is proud to partner with Urban Sites on “The Hayden” and will begin construction in July. The building transformation comes with an address change. The Hayden will officially reside at 103 E. 3rd Street.

From the City of Covington:


One of Covington’s tallest buildings when it opened in 1969, 303 Court St. is about to get even taller – plus get a new exterior, a new use, and new tenants.

In a city known for massive and innovative “adaptive reuse” of historic buildings, the $31.4 million transformation of the 10-story former City-County administration building and jail into 133 apartments and 6,000 square feet of ground-level commercial space will be among the most dramatic.

The project – which the development team of Al Neyer Inc. and Urban Sites is calling “The Hayden” – is scheduled to get under way in the Roebling Point business district on July 15. It will involve:

  • Stripping the building to its concrete core, with a brand-new exterior that includes balconies.
  • Adding two floors to its height.
  • Gutting the interior and removing jail cells.
  • Demolishing the low-rise addition to the building that fronts Scott Street.
  • Adding a new surface parking lot on Scott.
  • Creating a mix of studios, 1BR and 2BR units.
  • Tapping into a commanding view of the Ohio River, the Cincinnati skyline, Covington’s historic districts, and the rolling hills of Northern Kentucky.

“The dramatic changes proposed for this building mirror the evolution of its uses over many years,” Mayor Joe Meyer said. “What was built as a joint City-County government center more than 50 years ago and even housed prisoners for much of its life is set to become the proud home to hundreds of people and to become another iconic addition to the Roebling Point area.”

Members of the development team say that after more than four years of behind-the-scenes work, they’re eager to see the renovation begin.

“Couldn’t be more excited to bring The Hayden with its breath-taking views to one of the Tri-State’s greatest neighborhoods,” said Danny Lipson, chief development officer of Urban Sites.

Added Dan Ruh, executive vice president at Al Neyer Inc.: “With the help of the City of Covington, Kenton County, and the school board over several years, we’re very excited to see that this project will become a reality.”


Renovation of 303 Court St. into The Hayden is expected to take two years, the developers said.

Ruh told the Covington Commission that the developers were confident the apartments would be in high demand, given the walkability of the neighborhood, which includes – for example – restaurants, bars, coffee shops, a bagel shop, a bookstore, and the public library, as well as numerous large employers.

The first-floor commercial space will likely accommodate two or three tenants, he said. The developer was also looking at the possibility of providing operations and storage space for the weekly Covington Farmers Market.

To complement the new surface parking lot, the County will provide spaces for residents in its nearby parking garage.

Kenton County Judge-Executive Kris Knochelmann lauded the partnership that is enabling the project.

“When 303 Court St. opened in 1969, the City of Covington and Kenton County were partners in the project. More than 50 years later, it’s great to partner once again with the City on the building’s revitalization and to add another crown jewel to the Roebling Point neighborhood,” Knochelmann said.

“This is the culmination of a five-year project that also revitalized the old Bavarian Brewery and replaced deteriorated buildings and eyesores on the northern and western gateways of the city with signature projects,” he said.

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