As you can see, at the rear, the building’s footprint will significantly encompass the entire block bordered by 20th Avenue, Jahncke Avenue and 21st Avenue. The proposed square footage and height of the building far exceed what could be considered compatible with the surrounding neighborhoods. The placement of the building will require the complete removal of at least two of six large live oaks that currently grace that area (the two live oaks that SSA is proposing to remove are not “diseased”), and at least four of the remaining live oaks will have to be significantly cut back. It is very likely that the remaining oaks will become irrevocably damaged by the cutting back of their canopies, construction activity, proposed parking areas under the trees, and the large new building(s) to be built so close to them.
Most of the green space that is currently visible from Jahncke Avenue between 20th and 21st Avenues will be completely and permanently eliminated.
St. Scholastica is a vibrant, integral part of what makes Covington the wonderful place that it is. Thus it was that in 2000-2002, St. Scholastica came forward with a growth plan that was approved and applauded by the City and the Community. The current proposal drastically deviates from the original plan, however, with no explanation why the promise made by SSA to the City and Community in 2002 is no longer viable. (The original plan called for 7,700 sq. ft. multipurpose building to be attached to the 11,608 sq. ft. existing gym. This new plan – which includes tearing down the existing gym – is for 56,176 sq. ft.) Another concern is that the combination building, with the proposed flexible partition (on one end of the gym) open, would be able seat roughly 1,800 people in a single open space. SSA refuses to place any limits on how/when they could use that space.
The SSA expansion plan was submitted by SSA’s architects, Holly and Smith of Hammond, to the Covington Historic District Commission for review and it was granted a Certificate of Appropriateness at the Commission’s April 8th meeting. In response this decision and in compliance with the Covington Code of Ordinances, an appeal was filed with the Covington City Council. If you are as concerned as we are about the negative impact a project of this size will have on our City, please attend the meeting on May 20th at 6:00pm and tell the Council members what you think!!! It is very important that you also contact the Mayor of the City of Covington and the City Council members beforehand to let them know that you want them to deny the Certificate of Appropriateness (click here to get their contact information). They are looking for input from the community, and need your support.
You can also sign the petition electronically HERE.