Urban/Metro Campus Project

College and civic leaders take the first swing to begin renovation of the former Marx Gallery, 520 Madison Avenue, Covington, to repurpose it as an instructional facility for Gateway Community and Technical College as part of the college’s Urban/Metro Campus. From left are Mike Mangeot, founder of project contractor Century Construction; Lee Flischel, chair of the GCTC Foundation board of directors; Rev. Richard Fowler, vice chair of the college’s board of directors; Ed Hughes, GCTC president/CEO; Kenton County Judge Executive Steve Arlinghaus; Brent Brunner, principal with EOP Architects; Sherry Carran, mayor of Covington; and John Hodge, Century Construction president.

Gateway Community and Technical College is fulfilling its commitment to the community for a new top-quality, accessible and affordable Urban Metro Campus in downtown Covington. The campus is close to the river cities of Bellevue, Covington, Dayton, Ludlow and Newport where only 15% of the adults over the age of 25 have a college degree or credential. Since the national average is 31%, Gateway is creating a comprehensive college campus with opportunities to train the local population for 21st century jobs. Currently, the lack of adequate education and training leads to underperformance in employment, housing and general economic prosperity.

The campus began with the opening of the Two Rivers Building in the former Two Rivers Middle School. In November 2012 the college announced that through a partnership with the Gateway Foundation, nine properties in Covington had been acquired to create its new Urban Campus. The campus uses a “scattered approach” plan in which available, existing buildings are renovated to become college campus buildings. Like other campuses in downtown Savannah, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina; and Louisville, Kentucky, the Gateway Urban/Metro Campus is rapidly becoming part of the fabric of the downtown community, nestled between businesses, restaurants and retailers. The footprint of the campus lies between 3rd and 7th streets along Scott Blvd. and extending to Greenup and Madison Avenue.

The developing Urban Metro Campus replaces the outdated Covington Campus on Amsterdam Road and Park Hills. That facility is the second oldest in the KCTCS system. Public transit cannot access that campus, preventing the urban population from attending college. Gateway data shows time and again that the major barriers for students are transportation, child care and tuition funding.

The college is making considerable progress on developing properties in downtown Covington. The former Marx Building, purchased by the Gateway Foundation, has been rehabbed and transformed into the Gateway Center for Technology, Innovation and Enterprise. That building houses Information Technology, Visual Communication, Instructional Design and other cutting edge technological programs beginning in summer 2014. Also ready for renovation is the former Abode furniture store on the corner of Scott and Fifth. There, the Gateway Professional Services Center will combine two programs: Cosmetology and Massage Therapy. It is the perfect setting for students to get hands-on experience to the benefit of local residents. The college bookstore, located in the former LiNK building at 614 Madison, will also open in the spring of 2015.

Properties included in plan:

620-622 , 634 & 630-632 Scott Blvd Science and Allied Health Center*
Immanuel United Methodist Church, 501 Greenup Kaleidoscope Center for Urban Outreach
Marx Building, 522 Madison Ave. Gateway Center for Technology, Innovation and Enterprise (TIE)
Former Abode Building, 438-440 Scott Blvd. Professional Services Center
Former YMCA at 19 E. Pike Workforce Development, Classrooms and Farris Child Development Center
Former Two Rivers Middle School, 525 Scott Now the Two Rivers Classroom Building
Former Senior Services Building, 34 W. 5th Technical Classroom Center
614 Madison Ave. College Bookstore and Administration

   *the only new construction in the Urban Campus plan

The Urban Campus Master Plan has been completed. In addition, Gateway has unveiled a Six-Year Capital Plan to seek funding of nearly $81.5 million from public and private sources to establish a multiple-facility, comprehensive, signature campus in downtown Covington. The campus will eventually serve over 5,000 students annually and create a ripple effect in the urban core for economic and community development. We continue to meet with business leaders, civic and government leaders, and school officials to further refine and identify the programs and services best suited to students at the Urban Campus. Feel free to contact us with your ideas. We want to hear them.

Gateway President/CEO discusses how the proposed Urban Campus in downtown Covington can benefit the entire regional economy. Listen as he explains the purpose and concept of the campus in a conversation with Pat Crowley of Strategic Advisors, LLC.

Recent News

Gateway Announces Master Plan, Moves Ahead with $80 Million Urban Campus in Covington
News Release from November, 2012 Press Conference
Urban Campus Community Briefing (Please Open in Slideshow View)
News release from the June 2013 groundbreaking for the Marx Building/Gateway Technology and Design Center 
Latest brochure of the Urban/Metro Campus
Vacant Furniture Store Now Technology Hub in Downtown Covington
Gateway Breaks Ground on Next Building to "Transform Downtown Covington"