Crestview Hills, Kentucky
|Crestview Hills, Kentucky|
|Motto: "A great place to call home!"|
Location of Crestview Hills, Kentucky
|• Total||1.9 sq mi (5.0 km2)|
|• Land||1.9 sq mi (5.0 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||860 ft (262 m)|
|• Density||1,503.1/sq mi (580.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0490332|
Crestview Hills is located in Greater Cincinnati, close to I- 275, Interstate 71, and Interstate 75. It is home to the Crestview Hills Town Center, the Summit Hills Country Club, Five Seasons Country Club, and Thomas More College. It is also close to St. Elizabeth Hospital, which has many offices in Crestview Hills' Thomas More Research Park. In addition, the 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge Richwood Tahoe Railroad, operating as a venue for charitable organizations, runs Kentucky's only working steam locomotive.
Crestview Hills is located at  According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), all land. Its neighborhoods include: Lookout Farm, Old Crestview, College Park, Summit Lakes, and Grandview Summit.(39.026398, -84.566543).
The City of Crestview Hills is governed by a mayor and six city council members. Additionally, the City of Crestview Hills is staffed by a City Administrator, Finance Officer/Treasurer, City Attorney, City Clerk, and City Engineer. Elections for council members are held every even numbered year and the mayor is elected every four years.
The current mayor of Crestview Hills is Paul Meier and the city administrator is Tim Williams.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,889 people, 1,193 households, and 765 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,503.1 people per square mile (581.0/km²). There were 1,257 housing units at an average density of 654.0 per square mile (252.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.43% White, 2.60% African American, 0.14% Native American, 1.73% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.31% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.52% of the population.
There were 1,193 households out of which 22.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.4% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.8% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.85.
In the city the population was spread out with 18.9% under the age of 18, 11.1% from 18 to 24, 22.2% from 25 to 44, 29.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 89.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $57,473, and the median income for a family was $77,898. Males had a median income of $48,475 versus $36,938 for females. The per capita income for the city was $37,899. About 4.7% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.3% of those under age 18 and 2.6% of those age 65 or over.
In the 1920s, several acres of land were open to residential development and a number of building sites were sold. From the sale of the lots and money borrowed from the bank, the Kenton County Development Company was able to complete the initial development of the lots. In 1924, the first Crestview Hills home was built and opened to the public as the "Model Home" completely furnished and decorated by some of the larger, local businesses. Crestview Hills now began to take shape.
However, by 1943, the Property Investment Company, a subsidiary of the Peoples-Liberty Bank of Covington, decided to foreclose their mortgage on the land of the Kenton Development Company. The Property Investment Company offered the stockholders of the Kenton Development Company a chance to redeem the mortgage, but it was not accepted. The property which had been put up as security for the loan was sold to William Hoppenjans. At this time, the Kenton Development Company retained title to about 62 acres of undeveloped land, but the land lay dormant, accumulating a backlog of unpaid taxes
In 1949, William Hoppenjans died. After his death, two interested parties, Frank Anthe and William Hoppenjans, Jr., decided to take action. A stockholders meeting was called and new officers and directors were elected. At this time the corporation was entirely without funds and owed considerable back taxes. The officers were authorized to salvage what they could from the corporation's only asset - the land. At this time, in 1951, the land was resold to several investors and the corporation name was now changed to the Crestview Hills Development Company. Their first undertaking was to get the property owners to band together to repair the existing roads. After this project, the new corporation began expanding the building sites.
Following World War II, the great building expansion and suburban development started to reach Crestview Hills. In the summer of 1951, the residents of about 30 to 40 developed homes met to discuss the possibility of incorporating into a sixth class city—eventually achieving incorporation in October 1951. The main motivations being to block annexation from the City of Erlanger, block the purchase and development of adjacent land by the Railroad, and explore methods of reducing fire insurance rates.
From incorporation, a mayor-council form of government was adopted. The first representatives that formed the community were Frank Anthe, James Brink, William Jordre, Anthony Dibo, and George Schaefer. Originally, Council meetings were held in the Summit Hills Country Club (after annexation), until the first City Building was built in the 1980s. Among their first actions, the board:
- Appointed a Mayor (Frank Anthe), Vice Mayor, and Committees
- Began exploring methods of fire insurance reduction (achieving a Fire protection contract with the City of South Fort Mitchell in 1954)
- Began developing a zoning map and regulations for the community (originally classifying property as "Farm" or "Residence A")
- Began the process of annexing adjacent properties outside of the initial Crestview Hills Boundary (expanded to include Lookout Stud Farm (Gould Property), the area known as Whitehouse Drive, the area on the east side of Dixie Highway—known as the Gallenstein property up to and including Summit Hills Country Club, and the area that is now Thomas More College).
Meanwhile, proposals were put forth for a shopping center on the Meiman Property and a mix of development on the Center (Lookout) Farm. However, the council held firm that the City would have no industrial development and that residential development would be similar to the original Old Crestview Subdivision. In 1956, after extensive discussion and controversy, developers erected a sign advertising the planned Dixieland Shopping Center, but it would be years before the property would become McAlpin's and the Crestview Hills Mall.
Also in the 1960s, the Old Crestview was completed and construction began on the College Park subdivision. The Police Authority was formed through a joint venture between Crestview Hills and Lakeside Park, which is the oldest cooperative department in Kentucky. In 1968, Thomas More College moved its campus to Crestview Hills and was dedicated by President Lyndon B. Johnson. By 1978, the Crestview Hills Mall was under construction with McAlpin's as the mall's flagship store.
In the 1980s, development continued as initial development of the Thomas More Office Park began. By the late 1980s, the rest of the office park was under development through a partnership between Thomas More College and Hemmer Development. It was also during this time that Drees began their development of the Lookout Farms subdivision and Thomas More Parkway, through a joint venture between the state and county, was completed. Throughout the 1990s, Crestview Hills continued development of the Legends Way and Summit Lakes communities while seeing significant development in the Thomas More Office Park through 2007.
Crestview Hills is home to Thomas More College, founded in 1921 by the Benedictine Sisters as Villa Madonna College. Serving over 1,600 students, the college is ranked by Money Magazine as one of the "Best College Buys" in higher education and by the Carnegie Foundation, which praises the college as a "selective liberal arts college." Thomas More was also ranked as one of the Best Colleges (Regional Universities – South) by U.S. News & World Report for 2014.
As a part of Crestview Hills, Thomas More College is an important partner in the community by offering a variety of education and social outreach opportunities for residents. Recent programs have included Division III sporting events, theater productions, music concerts and guest speakers. Thomas More also offers non-traditional students the ability to earn their MBA degree through an evening program that allows learners to continue working during the day.
Thomas More College offers its students and the community the chance to see the stars with the Bank of Kentucky Observatory. The observatory routinely offers open house events where the public can attend a lecture followed by a night sky viewing.
Crestview Hills is also located in the Kenton County Public School District and also has a variety of nearby private school options available to residents.
Crestview Hills is home to the Crestview Hills Town Center, which features many retail shops in their outdoor pavilion shopping center. Among these include Dillard's, Bed, Bath, & Beyond, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Sunglass Hut, White House Black Market, Victoria's Secret, and Joseph A. Bank. Eateries in the area also include Starbuck's, McAlister's Deli, Brontë Express, Coldstone Creamery, Moe's Southwest Grill, Applebee's, TGI Friday's, Panera Bread, and Five Guys 
Crestview Hills offers approximately 1,877,374 square foot of commercial office space, with the largest contributor coming from the expansive Thomas More Research/Office Park. Businesses with headquarters in Crestview Hills include:
- Columbia Sussex Corporation
- St. Elizabeth Physicians
- Bank of Kentucky
- DBL Law
- Waltz Business Systems
- Huntington Bank Operation Center
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