Doubling Down on The Cov We Love: Covington’s Unique Approach to the Central Riverfront
Design work for public spaces and infrastructure will soon be complete for the new mixed-use neighborhood planned on Covington’s riverfront. KZF Design is leading a team to design the streets, alleys, public spaces, a parking garage, utilities, and subdivision of parcels. While this will provide the framework for a host of developers, there is more to weaving these 23-acres back into the urban fabric. You know the “CCR” is expected to include office space, a hotel, single-family homes, apartments, condominiums, parks and plazas, shops, restaurants, and a major expansion of the convention center. But, there are also two new bridges, a reimagined 4th Street, new public and private investments on neighboring parcels, and a few things we haven’t talked about yet.
Join us April 20, for a panel discussion featuring Covington City Manager Ken Smith, moderator and panelists Covington Economic Development Director Tom West, Bo Hubbard, Senior VP of J.S. Held, the project manager for the site and Chief Strategic Officer Tim Sharp of KZF Design
Moderator: Ken Smith was appointed City Manager in September 2021 after filling that position on an interim basis for 13 weeks. Smith had directed the Covington Neighborhood Services Department since April 2018 and previously was executive director of Price Hill Will, a non-profit community development corporation in Cincinnati, and chief operations officer of Brighton Properties Inc.
Bo Hubbard is an architectural project manager specializing in various fields of the construction industry including retail, mixed-use, office, institutional, industrial, and historic renovation. He consults in the fields owner’s representation, pay application review, change order review, and project management.
Before transitioning to consulting, he held positions with several architectural firms, including FRCH Design World Wide and M+A Architects, where he served as a project manager. This involved designing, coordinating, reviewing, researching, documenting, and drawing. Prior to joining the architectural industry, Bo served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps.
Bo holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from The University of Cincinnati DAAP program, and he studied Architecture and Construction management at Columbus State Community College.
Tom West is Director of Economic Development for the City of Covington, Kentucky. Our city of 42,000 cool, highly qualified, and hard-working citizens is located just south of the river from our most famous suburb.. Cincinnati. Formerly Vice President of a consulting firm specializing in economic development, education and workforce development. Former Executive Director of the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board. Experience in community, downtown and waterfront planning throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Served as Executive Director for the Louisville Downtown Management District (Business Improvement District) and the Covington (KY) Business Council.
“The CBC has provided me the opportunity to network with other local business leaders. Being new to the area this has become a valuable resource.”