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New Hotel Helps Breath New Life into City

COVINGTON, Ky. (Angela Ingram) -- Covington's Mayor says since businesses got word of the City Hall renovation more companies have shown interest in the downtown area.
Developers are renovating other old buildings into apartments and more people moving into the downtown area. 
Covington's Mayor says the city building is a large space that isn't the best fit for city workers.  But a local company called the Salyers Group plans to renovate the old building into a boutique hotel.    

Mayor Sherry Carran says the renovation is sparking other growth in the city.  Since the announcement with the hotel group and also the growth with the gateway we probably meet with someone who's interested in investing in the city on a weekly basis.
Built in 1909 the building used to be Compton Department Store.
"Hotel Covington" will feature an upscale restaurant and the Madison Event Center across the street is hoping to benefit.   

We do more wedding receptions in one location than anywhere else in the city and often times for weddings people ask for hotel accommodations and there are some hotels in Covington so it's convenient, but there's nothing like having a hotel right across the street.
Another business, Uptech, is celebrating the changes downtown and its relocation from Newport to a building a block away from the city building.

They are supporting us, helping us with the building that we have and we really feel like Covington is a place that is open-minded, open for business, scrappy, and really has a lot to offer to our entrepreneurs.
City workers will soon leave the Madison Avenue Location and set-up in a building on West Pike, making room for the hotel.
Mayor Carran says workers should be all moved out of City Hall in about three weeks.
While the interior of the building will be demolished and renovated the exterior will stay the same.  

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