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Old June 6th, 2007, 07:30 PM   #1
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Kentucky Development News

(Outside of Lexington and Louisville.)

C.H. Parsons Building - Ashland

ACTC to develop virtual Parsons design

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1. The Ashland Community and Technical College is constructing a virtual design of the former C.H. Parsons building in downtown Ashland. The virtual design will showcase planned $10 million in restorations to the exterior and interior, and will bring curb appeal to the aging downtown building. The structure, at Winchester Avenue and 17th Street, is on tap to become a convention center, offices, pre-employment testing center, an entrepreneur center, and classrooms and laboratories for ACTC's health occupation programs. It will feature also feature a conference center that could host 500. Perry Madden donated the building to ACTC in December 2006.
1a. Work is slated to begin this summer, with "visible improvements" to the facade by the end of 2007. The building was built in 1926.
1b. The $10,000 donation was part of ACTC’s Fulfilling the Promise fundraising campaign, which has brought in more than $4 million. The original goal was $3.2 million.
2. The Woodlands Foundation has pledged $10,000 to the Community & Technical College Foundation of Ashland Inc. to assist in funding the design. An architectural firm would gather measurements and take digital photographs, and use software to create a virtual tour.

Article information: "ACTC to develop virtual Parsons design, By MIKE JAMES, The Independent [Ashland], June 5, 2007"
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Old June 14th, 2007, 09:31 PM   #2
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[Ashland] Embrace change or perish

Developer tells Ashland Alliance to embrace change or perish:
Downtown area has potential, Dargusch says
Developer tells Ashland Alliance to embrace change or perish, Mike James, The Independent, June 13, 2007

On June 13, the developer of Huntington’s Pullman Square (Bill Dargusch, CEO of Metropolitan Partners) told the Ashland Alliance that Ashland has the potential for development into a thiriving retail and commercial district, and that "it is coming whether we like it or not." He also waned them that they should "embrace change or perish."

Some of the challenges for the city of Ashland include: city leaders need to recognize the changes in the business environment (over the past 20 years), and that retail decisions cannot mirror those of the past. After years of building shopping centers and malls, there has been a shift in consumer preferences in what has been referred to as a "spatial relationship" between the retail structure itself and their environment. The latter has a good case study: Easton Town Center, an open-air complex that was very risky to develop but ultimately successful.

A downtown development, also, is only as successful as the city itself. Pullman Square was able to succeed because the city was committed to redeveloping the downtown. Public-private partnerships are also very important. While developers in the past located malls and plazas on flat, available land, today's urban developers require more dependence on the public sector. For instance, Pullman Square would not have been possible without public funding for the parking structures. In return, the developers must be able to demonstrate that the new projects will add to the tax base of the community.

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"What happens when there is downtown excitement is that people decide it’s the place to be," stated Bill Dargusch. For instance, rather than having a specific destination for dining, a family may simply meet downtown and then make their restaurant and shopping choices.
Another issue with Ashland is Winchester Avenue that "bleeds business from downtown." The current pattern, four-lanes with parallel parking, makes it too easy for motorists to get through the business district. Converting it from four- to two-lanes, with diagonal parking, would slow traffic and increase the number of parking spaces. Motorists would be able to have more time to notice the businesses and pedestrians would feel safer. Case in point: Huntington's change of Third Avenue from five- to -two-lanes, who two decades ago, decided that the artery would provide a "quick exodus" from downtown. Many opposed the lane change, fearing it would cause congestion, but that has not happened. Dargusch stated quite bluntly to Huntington leaders during the planning phase of Pullman Square, "that's why your downtown stinks."

The presentation by Bill Dargusch was invaluable considering that Metropolitan Partners have had a proven record of success.
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Old June 19th, 2007, 12:02 AM   #3
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[Frankfort] KSU buildings need repairs

KSU buildings need repairs
By SARA GIVIDEN, State Journal [Frankfort], April 5, 2007

The Council on Postsecondary Education reviewed the Statewide Facilities Condition Assessment Report on April 4, 2007 and assessed Kentucky State University's building, looking at the exterior components, roof, heating, windows, and interior finish. Six buildings at KSU received below satisfactory rankings. The Atwood Agriculture Research Building, Bradford Hall, Jackson Hall, and White Health Center need major renovations or new assigned uses, and the Jordan Maintenance Building and Jordan Shop/Warehouse should be demolished, according to the report. Many buildings are over 30 years old and need upgrading.

Jackson Hall is the oldest, at 119 years old. It needs access to the second floor with an elevator, as well as providing display space for African art from the Center of Excellence, as well as other significant improvements. Shauntee Hall is currently being remodeled for the Art Department, and the renovation should provide adequate space post-renovation. Bradford Hall had inadequate band room height, ensemble, and choral room spaces. The business school is housed in the same building with the music program, and does not promote the image of a typical business program because of its lack of technology and space. According to the report, Bradford Hall should be significantly renovated or demolished because of settlement cracks, and that the business program and music/theater program be relocated. The Atwood Agricultural Research facility should be expanded, with more classroom space, and major renovations to the heating and cooling systems. The Jordan Shop/Warehouse should be demolished because the buildings are substandard and cannot be fully utilized.

The recommendations are being incorporated into the University's Master Facility Plan.
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Old June 19th, 2007, 03:37 AM   #4
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[Frankfort] New justice center

New justice center planning begins
BY CHARLIE PEARL, State-Journal [Frankfort], April 9, 2007

Personal note: I am favoring option one in this case, as it would lead to local streets being reconnected, lead to an increase of on-street parking, and have that 1970s-era courthouse demolished.

The new Franklin County Judicial Center could alter the Frankfort skyline more so than the new Paul Sawyer Public Library. The proposed justice center is three stories, 102,000 sq. ft., and comes at a cost of $30 million. The new library, on the other hand, is two stories, 40,000 sq. ft., and cost $9 million.

Some sites for the new judicial center include,
1. The John C. Watts Federal Building site on Broadway. Some, including preservationists, have proposed moving the federal court from the Watts Building back to its previous location in the old Paul Sawyer Public Library structure. The Watts Building would be demolished, and Madison Street would be reopened from Broadway to Clinton Street. The new judicial center would be built on that block. With this, the advantages include the keeping of the courthouse in the downtown. No historic buildings would be demolished, Broadway and Clinton Streets are reconnected, and at least 50 on-street parking spaces are returned. In the early 1970s, an entire square block of historic buildings were demolished adjacent to the Old Capitol for the new federal building.
2. The former sand lot on the Kentucky River on Wilkinson Blvd. (now considered for a Gattitown and fitness center)
3. The former location of the Rodney Ratliff's metal recycling center on Holmes Street. Is is now owned by the state.
4. The Good Shepherd School property, which is adjacent to the current Franklin County Court House on St. Clair Street.
5. The property on St. Clair between the courthouse and West Main Street.
6. Property in the St. Clair pedestrian block that had a severe fire. (Properties that will now be restored - see later article.)
7. Property on Mero Street across from the state Transportation Cabinet complex, towards the Capital Plaza Tower.
8. Lakeview Park.

The board for the site selection will have its first meeting April 17. The new building will have jury trial courtrooms, non-jury trial courtrooms, hearing rooms, grand jury areas, judge chambers, a law library, circuit court clerk areas, prisoner-handling facilities, court security, and support areas.

The current historic courthouse will be preserved.

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Old June 19th, 2007, 03:38 AM   #5
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Where is Frankfort? Kentucky isn't even in the southeast.
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Old June 19th, 2007, 04:06 AM   #6
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Uh... yes it is. Frankfort is between Lexington and Louisville (both of which are covered on this board), and is the capital city of Kentucky.
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[Frankfort] Grand Theatre restoration

Curtains part at the Grand Theatre
By Rorye O'Connor, State-Journal [Frankfort], May 18, 2007
More information, call Bill Cull at 226-4157

The Grand Theatre, at 308 St. Clair Street (pedestrian area), is being restored. The Save the Grand Theatre Inc., a non-profit organization, began work in 2005 to restore the structure. It removed 30 truckloads of concrete and dirt (dirt???) from the building. It was constructed in 1910 as a vaudeville theater. The restoration has stripped the walls down to the original painted plaster of the 1910 theater, and the sloped floor and ornate decorations of the 1941 movie theater (which lasted until the 1960s). It later became a discount store and then a lawyer's office.

In the 1940s, the upper floor was reserved for the African-Americans, and had "colored" restrooms and water fountains.

The Grand Theatre, once restored, will become a performing arts center. It is being funded by open houses and yard sales, and through a 2% hotel room tax that was approved on December 1, 2006 -- that is in place until $3 million is raised needed for the restoration work. 125 are currently volunteering with the profess. Before the project began in 2005, the organization used the building to show movies and have concert series. A 35-mm movie projector was donated by Regal Theaters, along with speakers, a projector screen, and 500-seats for the finished facility.

Restoration is slated for completion in fall 2008, or early 2009.


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[Frankfort] New justice center

Justice center design bids due June 20
BY CHARLIE PEARL, State-Journal [Frankfort], May 24, 2007

The Franklin County Project Development Board will soon select the site for a new $30 million judicial center. They voted on May 23, 2007 to advertise for an architect, and to advertise for a financial agent, which will arrange for the selling of the bonds for the new building.

As for the possible locations, one on the board suggested the old Model Laundry property in the block from Clinton Street to Mero Street. It is on St. Clair Street behind the Frankfort Convention Center. It is not a historic structure and is a half-block (~2 acres). Two homes in the block are vacant, and another was sold recently.
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[Frankfort] St. Clair buildings to be restored

St. Clair restoration slated
By VINCE TWEDDELL, State-Journal [Frankfort], June 3, 2007
Article has images. In the post above, the arson-burned buildings are on the right out of the camera's view. This is very good news, considering that the block is continuous, is seeing improvements, and is drawing in a healthy crowd.

An arson fire gutted several buildings several months ago at 333 St. Clair, including the Downtown Bar and the Serafini restaurant. Restoration of the buildings could begin by August and be complete by early 2008. One owner (owns two buildings) has been obtaining permits, submitting applications, etc. in the process, and plans on "redoing the facade to its original style" when it was constructed in 1871. Debris removal should begin in July, along with facade stabilization.

333 St. Clair (Serafini Restaurant): The plan calls for the current kickplates (trim on the lower wall surfaces) to be replaced with wooden kickplates that were more commonplace back in the late 1800s, installing 11-ft. doorways, and removing the transom from above the storefront.

(Downtown Bar): Will be restored to its original style.

One of the positives that has come out of the fire is that some of the horrid renovations from the 1950s can be "erased." It makes it easier to restore the buildings closer to their original design.

(Tink's Bar-B-Q): The restoration of the building is "up in the air." The owner of the two properties has been in discussions to buy out Tink's to restore the building.
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[Frankfort] Old YMCA could be restored

Plan envisions new life for the old YMCA
BY CHARLIE PEARL, State-Journal [Frankfort], May 30, 2007

Personal note: Funny story about this. I was trying to find the building late one night and took a wrong turn down an industrial park road. Frankfort police pulls me over and wonders why I am driving out in an industrial area at 1:30 AM. I told him I wanted to do night photography of the YMCA building (which was the truth), so he shows me exactly where it was at! A great building adjacent to the Singing Bridge that definitely would be great restored.

The former YMCA Building could cost $186,000 to demolish, but it could be converted into an upscale restaurant on the first floor, and condominiums on the second and third floors. The study to convert the building was funded through a $3,000 grant provided by the National Trust and Preservation Kentucky -- concluding that the building is structurally sound. Most building restorations, the study found, were in much worse shape.

Roof repair was done through a $5,000 grant from the Kentucky Trust for Historic Preservation. The three story structure features ornate archways, and baseboard throughout. The restaurant concept would have a large banquet room, several private meeting rooms, a bar, and a terrace for outdoor dining overlooking the Kentucky River. Eight two-bedroom condos would be on the second and third floors.

The debate on the building began in the winter of 2006, when the city notified the property owner Robert J. Ehrler (Old Y Development LLC of Louisville) of property maintenance code violations. He bought it for $47,000 in 1989, which had not been used since the record 1978 flood. He has intentions to restore the building but does not have the funding.

The Kentucky Heritage Commission (now the Heritage Council) and (retired) Franklin Circuit Judge Ray Corns had offices in the building, but were forced to move out during the flood.


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Old June 19th, 2007, 05:34 AM   #11
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Great thread seicer! We never hear anything from Ky outside of Louisville.

It would be cool to see some photos of Frankfort.

And come on people....learn your geography!
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I have many photographs of Frankfort, but I am holding off on publishing all of them until I can get UrbanUp ... up. The town is quite beautiful and I have barely touched the surface, in terms of photos.
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I think this goes here. Located 21 miles south of Lexington, with excellent visibility from I-75, Richmond Centre will be the premier regional shopping, entertainment and hospitality venue for south, central Kentucy. This 120-acre multi-use development will comprise approximately 800,000 square feet of retail space, including traditional and discount department stores, specialty retailers, a bookstore, theatre, restaurants and hotels. Richmond Centre is a joint venture project between Crosland LLC of Charlotte, NC and Carolina Holdings, Inc of Greenville, SC: http://carolinanewswire.com/news/New...e&id=5267&op=t

Rendering: http://www.corderphilips.com/pr/rich...erendering.jpg

Other information: http://www.choldings.com/Marketing%2...mond,%20KY.pdf
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Old June 19th, 2007, 03:09 PM   #14
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^ Ugh. I heard about this in Richmond a while back. It is supposed to draw some of the residents from fleeing to Hamburg Pavilion in Lexington. The rendering may look nice, but it's just another suburban strip mall. (vomits)
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Any news on whats going on in NKY? Ive heard of a lot of projects happening up there, just dont know which ones actually developed.
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There are plenty of projects, from new high-rises (for Kentucky) to new commercial developments. Perhaps a thread can be started on NKY
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^ Ugh. I heard about this in Richmond a while back. It is supposed to draw some of the residents from fleeing to Hamburg Pavilion in Lexington. The rendering may look nice, but it's just another suburban strip mall. (vomits)
Yeah, but people from out-of-town or state like me might not have heard of this development before and the first news link I posted regarding this development being revealed was from yesterday.
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^ I wasn't complaining about the posting, just that I had recalled it from earlier.
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[Paris] Downtown abounds with renovation, new businesses

Paris abounds with renovation, new businesses
By Beverly Fortune, Herald-Leader [Lexington], June 19, 2007

Downtown Paris is coming back to life. Victorian buildings are being renovated and restored; vinyl paneling facades that were installed in the 1970s to modernize the storefronts are being taken down; new streetlights and sidewalks are adding to a new, clean look. Three years ago, the number of businesses along Main Street were less than 12. Today, there are very few buildings that are empty. First floor tenants are all but leased out, and second floors are being converted into offices. There are now seven locally owned restaurants, with two more scheduled to open this summer. Live music is now playing at some, and a newer Paris-Bourbon County Farmers Market operates a year-round store. In 2004, there were four antique shops, but now there are thirteen. The town also now boasts a fenced dog park, and the first part of a three-mile walking path.

Five years ago, according to Bluegrass Tomorrow, Paris was the 'least changed' of any central Kentucky town of the last 100 years. They had the same amount of people in 2000 as they did in 1900 -- 9,000. While the population has increased just slightly over 9,000 today, the 'civic energy level' has increased.

Credits can go towards the rebuilt 12.5-mile Paris Pike, which opened in 2003. It is considered one of the most scenic highways in the United States -- and much safer. It was mired in controversy, and some feared that sprawl would overtake Paris -- but in 2006, only 38 house lots were platted. The city is eying smart growth, not sprawl, as a way to bring in more starter homes and upscale housing. The county has 85 horse farms, and ranks third in equine sales, and is in the top 10 for agriculture production. Zoning regulations and the comprehensive land use plan are also restrictive. Building a subdivision outside of the city limits is all but "impossible."
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This shopping center will intercept some shoppers who would otherwise drive to Lexington from the South but I dont think it can really compete with Hamburg which has over 2 million sf. of retail alone. This number doesnt include offices hotels and restaurants.

I dont really see a whole lot of value in this development. It'll bring some money and low income jobs to the metro but all in all it's just another strip mall.
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