An ancient medical practice providing ongoing emotional and informational support to women before, during and after childbirth, the building that housed the mid-1800s pharmacy and Covington Masons was funded by the Covington City Council. It is one of six projects that have received assistance. Members of the committee.
The Commission approved three rent subsidies and three façade improvement incentives through the city’s internationally recognized small business program.
The incentives were provided during this year’s fourth round of funding under the program, securing $150,000 annually across three areas for start-ups with first-year rents and commercial real estate owners. helping people upgrade their exteriors and restore historic electric utility billboards.
“This is the fifth time I have worked on small business incentives since I arrived last March, and I am always impressed by the variety of businesses and buildings,” said Sarah Covington, Assistant Director of Economic Development. Mr Alan said. “This round is no exception, covering a wide range of areas, from a burgeoning health business helping new parents to rebuilding a building that was historically home to a Masonic lodge. The possibilities for growing your business at Covington are endless.”
• $5,070 to Doulas of Cincinnati. Doulas is a unique women-owned health company serving pregnant women and growing market share in the region. This project is aligned with the city’s goal area of ’Healthy You’.
• $6,000 at Rivertown Vintage at 2 W. Pike Street, a women-owned vintage clothing store specializing in men’s clothing in the Central Business District.
• Donate $6,000 to Skoloid LLC, a unique educational enterprise located at 800 Church Street, Latonia. Skoloid LLC focuses on promoting the physical health, mental well-being and independence of children and seniors while spreading the knowledge of kindness through disability awareness presentations.
• Contribute $6,000 to the Covington 6th Street COA for a $26,700 façade project at 201-203 W. 6th St.; This project includes painting, windows, lighting and tuck pointing. The building is located in the Old Town/Muttergottes area.
• Donated $6,000 to Felicity Properties LLC for a $13,860 façade project at 404 W. Pike St., including paint. The building is located in MainStrasse Village.
• Contribute $6,000 to Covington Commandery LLC and $63,959 for exterior improvement work at 401 Scott Street. This includes painting, windows, lighting and storefront reconstruction. The building is located in the central business district.
Orleans Development owner Tony Kreutzjans said the façade grant was “essential” to the restoration of Covington’s Scott Street building, which has a long and diverse history.
“The 401 Scott was underutilized for decades,” Kreuzjans said. “This is the foundation building for the Scott Street Corridor and we are excited to bring it to life. City façade subsidies are essential.”
The building was built in 1865 by Charles Fector, a former apothecary and pharmacist. According to Kreutzjans, subsequent deeds called the building “Fector’s Corner,” with Fector’s drug store on the ground floor and Covington Masons on the upper floor. For his over 100 years from 1865 until his mid-1970s, the first floor was a pharmacy. The letters “Pharmacy” are faintly left in the upper transom of the storefront, and the shower room remains intact on the third floor, which was once a gymnasium. The Great Neighborhood Center occupied his second-floor office in the late 1970s.
“I also learned that this place was an art gallery in the 90s. “I’m sure we’ve all passed this building a thousand times, but the next time you walk by, look out for all the Masonic symbols in the center of the stone fringing of the upper windows. Please, that was one of my favorite discoveries about this building.”
Businesses interested in applying for façades, historic electronic signs, or rent subsidy incentives should contact Sarah Allan at 859-292-2144 or firstname.lastname@example.org. See Applications and Guidelines for more information.
From 2017 to 2023, the program supported 128 businesses or projects (excluding 58 COVID-19 small business emergency grants) … 36 businesses with women, veterans, or black owners … leveraged approximately $7.3 million in private investment … helped create or sustain businesses Created more than 5,800 jobs, filling or improving nearly 470,000 square feet of vacant commercial space It made an impact.
In 2021, the program received an award from the International Economic Development Council, the world’s largest organization of development professionals.