Carrolltons progress in Renaissance Project
(September 2001) Carrollton, Ky Kentucky Gov. Paul
Patton was all smiles as he walked down Carrolltons
Main Street on Aug. 16. City officials and members of
the towns Main Street Program joined him as he admired
the buildings on the streets north side. He stopped
in front of the building where the New Image Beauty Shop
now sits. Local preservationist Jim Richey was putting
the finishing touches on restoring the building to its
original state. Patton stepped in the building, then stepped
back out and spoke.
This Renaissance program is just about
the best thing weve done. Im really impressed.
Since 1997, the Patton administration has been helping
cities all over Kentucky revitalize their downtown structures
and streetscapes through the Kentucky Renaissance Program.
Through this plan, the state has allocated $22 million
toward downtown revitalization projects in 72 Kentucky
cities this year alone. Carrollton is one of these cities
and has been actively working to improve its building
facades and streetscapes since the spring of 2000.
The project has been divided into phases, depending on
the amounts allocated to Carrollton from the state. The
state awarded Carrollton $472,830 and the city and county
funded an additional $142,726. These monies went toward
what became known as Phase I. Improvements included the
installation of new streetlights and sidewalks around
the Courthouse square and work burying utility cables
in the area.
According to Mayor Ann Deatherage, just a single streetlight
cost $3,900. Phase I was completed last February.
Phase II is currently in progress and has been for the
majority of the year. The state awarded $311,874 for use
in improving sidewalks on West Main Street between Second
and Fifth streets. In May, when sidewalk improvements
began on the streets south side, a retaining wall
started to crumble when the old sidewalk was being taken
out. This wall had been made of creek rock and filled
in by sand and gravel. The sand running out caused this
wall to lose its support, running deeper into the ground.
Reconstructing the wall has put a hold on the south side
Recently, the city council drew up a plan to build a new
concrete retaining wall. Bids for the project were due
back to the council by 2 p.m. on Aug. 27. The city council
had been discussing options for months but was challenged
with objections from private landowners on the south side
of Main Street. The citys property only goes so
far south before meeting private property. That border
occurs near the sidewalk.
Were going to stay within the boundaries of
the city, said Deatherage. Basically were
hoping to replace the sidewalk exactly where it is now.
The sidewalk does not cross to private property, but proposed
options had it and the neighboring wall crossing over
three to five feet.
Joseph Graves, executive director of the Carroll County
Community Development Corp., is facilitating the progress
of the Renaissance project and expects another month of
work on Phase II after the sidewalk construction is completed.
For Phase III, a total of $177,500 was awarded by the
state. According to Graves, $100,000 of that amount will
go toward streetscape improvements. Another $62,500 is
being used for facade improvements and to match the state
funding, as required. The remaining $15,000 of that amount
goes to management support for Carrolltons Main
We were very fortunate to get $100,000, said
Graves. There are so many communities involved and
only so much money.
Patton was so impressed with Carrolltons progress
that he told those present he would try to come up with
more funding for cities like Carrollton.
Weve been talking about the challenges of
budget, but we have to keep this Renaissance program,
he said. There are towns out there that havent
come as far as you have.