Shock waves reverberated throughout Covington in fall 2016, when the federal government gave a “three-year warning” that it was shutting down the massive IRS data processing facility it had opened in 1967. In its heyday, the facility had employed some 4,000 people, making it the City’s largest employer.
Today, however, the strongest emotions attached to the site are “excitement” and “anticipation.” The City owns the complex, it’s 23 acres large, and it sits just a block south of the Ohio River next to the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.
City officials call it their “chance to reshape the very identity and economics of Covington long into its future.” And one East Coast commercial developer called it one of “the most exciting land redevelopment opportunities between Baltimore and New Orleans.”
June 7, 2023 – Getting the lay of the land