SOUTHGATE, Ky. — A lawsuit to halt construction on the development at the site of the Beverly Hills Supper Club was filed in Campbell County Thursday.
Plans for the development, named Memorial Point, were announced in May and called for a $65 million complex which included 100 to 200 luxury apartments, single-family homes and a 79-unit assisted-living center.
“This is a $65 million dollar deal for Southgate and Ashley Commercial Group,” said Leslie Dischar Henry, whose mother died in the fire. “It’s a lot of money to them but to me, there is no dollar amount you can attach to losing my mother who died on that hill, and I will fight to honor her memory on that same hill.”
The project will also include a memorial to the people killed in the fire decades ago.
Talks between construction groups and the plaintiffs named in the suit broke down after Ashley Commercial Group commenced clearing the site while negotiations to conduct an archaeological survey were still ongoing.
Southgate City Council voted to rezone the land in August for a mixed-use residential development.
Ashley Commercial Group, Twin Towers retirement homes, Southgate’s mayor and city council, as well as the Campbell County Municipal Planning & Zoning Commission were all named in the suit.
Plaintiffs named in the suit include survivors of the fire, family members of victims, first responders and the non-profit organization Beverly Hills Supper Club, Respect the Dead, LLC.