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The Bradford Building redevelopment to be celebrated at ribbon-cutting Thursday 4:30 p.m.

On Thursday, May 23, The Catalytic Fund and Orleans Development, with project partners Heritage Bank and the City of Covington, will gather with community leaders and project supporters to celebrate the renovation of one of Downtown Covington’s landmark structures.

The Bradford Building

The event will start at 4:30 p.m. with program at 5 p.m. Featured speakers will include Joe Klare, vice president, The Catalytic Fund; Mayor Joe Meyer, Covington; Lyttle Thomas, president and CEO, Heritage Bank; and Tony Kreutzjans, principal, Orleans Development.

The Bradford on Scott’s redevelopment continues the exciting momentum in Northern Kentucky’s river cities and helps to satisfy the high demand for quality residential and commercial spaces in urban neighborhoods.

The Catalytic Fund’s President/CEO Jeanne Schroer is pleased to be able to redevelop the building. “The Bradford on Scott is a prominent historic asset valued by its community. We were glad we were able to execute a development plan that saves the building and contributes to Covington’s ongoing development momentum. The Bradford on Scott will continue the high standard of quality that we see in the Boone Block Lofts and positively impact future redevelopment projects in Northern Kentucky.”

Schroer also notes, “We appreciate the fact that our Catalytic Investors, Corporex, BB&T, Duke Energy, PNC Bank, US Bank, First Financial, Haile Foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Central Bank, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, and Fifth Third Bank, were willing to support this project by providing equity funds to purchase the property and debt funds for its renovation.”

The Bradford on Scott is located at 326-336 Scott Blvd., in the heart of Covington’s Roebling Point entertainment, residential and business district. The 14,800 square-foot three-story structure was built in the early 1870’s as a public dance hall.

A sneak peak — kitchen nearing completion

It was later converted for mixed use, with residences on the second and third floors and commercial space on the street level. The most notable commercial tenant was the Sly Fox Bar/Viva La Foxx “gentlemen’s club,” which had closed before the Catalytic Fund gained site control in 2016.

The renovation of the building is now essentially complete, creating five condominium units, with lighting and finishes selected by interior designer Carey Warman, who took inspiration from both New York brownstones and Paris townhomes. Each unit has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and outdoor spaces; four of the five have roof decks. One “townhouse-style” unit has two floors of living space and a third floor with access to the roof deck. Two of the five units are already under contract.

Two of the five street-level commercial spaces have been combined and will soon be home to the second location of The Native One, a women’s clothing boutique which will offer an expanded product line, including items for the home, stationery, and house plants. The Native One’s other location is in OTR and was opened when the owner was just 20 years old.

Developer Tony Kreutzjans, owner of Orleans Development, says, “The Bradford on Scott has been a labor of love for many years. The vibe of the building is different from what we usually do, so I’m really excited to showcase the model and to see the sales potential of the remaining units.”

The project’s exceptional location at the gateway to downtown Covington just blocks from the Ohio River makes it walkable to downtown Cincinnati’s world-class arts, sports, and recreational attractions. The Bradford on Scott also will continue the walkable connection between the Roebling Point and RiverCenter areas, Gateway Community and Technical College’s Urban Metro Campus and Covington’s revitalized business district.

The Bradford in pictures

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