Newport on the Levee, the Promowest pavilion ready to welcome summer crowds
By Pat Crowley
Special at NKyTribune
Two of the most exciting Ohio Riverfront projects in northern Kentucky history – Newport’s $ 100 redevelopment on the seawall and construction of the $ 40 million PromoWest Pavilion at the Ovation – are gearing up for a return summer of visitors to the river.
As many of last year’s COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed or lifted and construction on both projects nears completion, operators of both attractions are eager for crowds to see what is developing along the Ohio River. .
Newport on the Levee Managing Director Justin Otto and Eric Buck, Senior Development Associate for developer Ovation Corporex Cos. Of Covington, updated the plans at a recent Newport Business Association virtual meeting.
“You can build a Newport on the seawall anywhere,” Otto said. “But what’s really hard to build is an Ohio River, a Purple People Bridge, a Cincinnati skyline, and a partner like Ovation.”
“This project would never have been possible without the support of Newport and Campbell County,” he said.
Buck said the Ovation Music Pavilion plans to hold concerts by September and ultimately attract as many as 400,000 visitors to 180 events each year.
“To have equipment like Newport on the seawall right next to us, which is why we are so happy to have the partnership, connecting our two projects and our developments,” Buck said. “For me, and for all Newport residents, it’s not just about Newport on the Levee and Ovation, it’s about waterfront development, the neighborhood.
Otto reported that the owner of Levee, North American Properties, the Cincinnati-based company that is redeveloping the attraction, has announced new bar and restaurant tenants:
• Beeline, which specializes in craft cocktails and will feature an outdoor patio, is a concept of Four Entertainment Group (4EG), a successful operator of bars and restaurants in Greater Cincinnati and beyond.
• The buzzing, Another 4EG concept will open in Levee’s popular Bridgeview Box Park ahead of Memorial Day and feature cocktails and frozen drinks.
• West Sixth Brewing, a Lexington craft brewery, will open its first location in northern Kentucky in Bridgeview Box Park.
• Blackmarket Lounge uses freshly squeezed lemonades in cocktails and also offers other specialty cocktails.
• CrepeGuys offers 40 artisanal pancakes and coffees.
Otto also mentioned other changes, including a redesign of the gallery building, new LED lighting, a new parking entrance from the valet circle, an improved sound system and an LED visualization screen that was unveiled. at Levee’s Kentucky Derby party on Saturday.
When it opens in September, the concert hall will offer outdoor space for up to 7,000 people and indoor space for 2,700 people. It will also offer three bars, a real lawn area for spectators to sit while enjoying the performances, VIP seating, a dance area in front of the main stage known as the mosh pit and a covered parking lot.
Corporex will begin construction this summer on Ovation’s development phases, including a 124-room Hampton Inn with a rooftop bar and a five-story office building with retail stores and restaurants on the first floor.
In the end, more than 900 residential units include apartments and condos are planned.
Buck stressed the importance of the state’s planned Fourth Street Bridge replacement between Covington and Newport for the success of waterfront development and the ability to move vehicles and pedestrians between the two river towns.
“Getting people from Covington to Newport and from Newport to Covington is very important,” Buck said. “It is so important to both communities that the bridge be replaced, not only for vehicular traffic, but also for pedestrian traffic.”