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Motel Closure Could Precede Highway Widening
FORT WRIGHT, Ky (Joe Webb) -- A northern Kentucky hotel abruptly shuts down.
Is it the first big change in the community tied to a new Brent Spence Bridge?
The Days Inn in Fort Wright is closed and the manager says it's because of slow business and the imminent threat of eminent domain. The motel sits just off Dixie Highway right next to southbound Interstate-75.
They didn't waste any time closing the Days Inn. At 11 o'clock Wednesday morning, the last person checked out and they started boarding it up later in the day.
It's impacted by the Brent Spence Bridge project because it is more than a bridge. It will dramatically change the highways from the Western Hills Viaduct to the Dixie Highway exit in Fort Mitchell.
The Days Inn property is just one of many around here that may be a long way from the bridge but are in the way.
By mid-morning, the TVs were hauled out of the Days Inn's rooms and crews were around back taking down the sign. Workers on site said slow business and the impending highway project forced them to close rather than sell.
The city of Fort Wright says a fence will go up to secure the site and it will be monitored.
The manager of the Rodeway Inn next door says the Days Inn wasn't a great neighbor but it beat an empty shell.
What's it going to mean to have a fence up next door?
Peter Thaker said, Basically, it's just like a boarded place. It looks horrible and terrible on my side. I'm losing my parking spots and everything. So, to me, it's not a good impact on my business.
That's the immediate impact. The long term impact of the road project will change a lot of things between the Kyles Lane and Dixie Highway exits on 75.
Those interchanges will be combined with collector and distributor roads added. The preliminary map shows the impact on the Days Inn. But 25 properties will be partially or wholly taken by the project in that stretch.
The Central Church of the Nazarene will lose about six- tenths of an acre. Two homes at the end of its street will go away. On Highview Drive a home owned by four generations of the same family is in the way of progress.
On Rivard, the Osterhages are set to lose their home.
They've called this home for 25 years. The 1998 project brought 75 right into their backyard. They've been told they have maybe three to five years but aren't sure.
The maps and properties identified are only preliminary. But most of the property owners we spoke with were keenly aware of what was going on and appraisers had been out to look over their properties.
There are 183 properties are on the Commonwealth of Kentucky's list, most of them in Covington where Local 12 will be focusing our future stories. About 50 properties are likely to be impacted in Ohio.
A statement from the motel's owners says, The actions of the transportation cabinet and other government agencies involved in the Brent Spence Bridge project have effectively given us no alternative but to regrettably close the Days Inn in Fort Wright, as any future investment in the hotel would not be prudent, sensible or rational given the circumstances."