The furor in recent months surrounding proposed demolition of a historic, castle-like Covington landmark has been laid to rest with the recent announcement that Kenton County will purchase the structure and covert it for administrative use.
The Bavarian Brewery Building, which was built in 1866 at 522 W. 12th Street in Covington and most recently housed Jillian’s nightclub and restaurant, has been at the center of a lawsuit between its owner and the city for nearly 10 years.
The case was settled late last month following a hearing by the Kentucky Court of Appeals.
Kenton County Judge Executive Kris Knochelmann, while noting that plans for the space are not yet solidified, expressed enthusiasm for honoring the brewery’s historic value.
"In regards to the physical structure of the old Bavarian Brewery itself, we will make every effort to incorporate it into the planning for the new county administration building,” said Knochelmann. “We’ll learn a lot more in the months to come, but I’m confident that the old tower at the Bavarian Brewery will remain an iconic structure in Covington and Kenton County for many, many years to come."
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