The Urban/Metro Campus project has involved deliberate, careful planning to expand postsecondary education opportunities for residents of the river cities that meet current and future needs.
Phase One is complete. It including acquiring and renovating the former Two Rivers Middle School so that the Gateway Urban Center could open. When it opened in 2009 it assumed classes that had been held at a small facility near Holmes High School. Originally the facility was leased and then purchased from Covington Independent Schools in 2010. Within four semesters enrollment grew over 1,000%, demonstrating the great need for accessible college classes in the area.
Phase Two is underway. It involves the acquisition and renovation of the properties that comprise the Urban/Metro Campus in downtown Covington. Renovation on the former Marx Gallery Furniture Store on Madison Avenue began in July 2013. It will open as the Gateway Technology and Design Center in the summer of 2014. Also opening in 2014 will be the Urban Spa and Wellness Center in the former Abode Furniture Store Building on Scott Blvd. and the kaleidoscope Center for Urban Outreach in the former Immanuel United Methodist Church on Greenup Street.
Phase Three will entail relocating programs and services from the Amsterdam Road /Park Hills Campus and selling that land to a developer, thus creating new revenue for local municipalities and governing entities as new housing is built on the site. By law, the proceeds of the sale itself must be returned to Gateway to support the development of the Urban/Metro Campus.
Phase Four will focus on acquiring any additional property needed for future space or parking as identified in the Campus Master Plan, and constructing the only new building—the Science and Allied Health Center.