Crestwood Considers Land Purchase

Crestwood Considers Land Purchase
To Build A City Hall And Park In Town

Poet Laureate James Baker Hall to speak

By Helen E. McKinney,
Contributing Writer

(April 2002) CRESTWOOD, Ky. – Mike Potts thought Ed Noe had a great idea: Purchase a little more than two acres in the center of Crestwood, Ky., to be converted into a park and a city hall.
The acreage is located at 6419 Railroad Ave. Four local businessmen, whom Noe described as community-oriented people, jointly own the land.
Although it may now be considered by some as an unsightly area, Noe considers it “the perfect location. The city needs a city park, and as the city continues to grow, it needs a community center.”

C&M Auto

C & M Auto

In an effort to make Crestwood a more attractive town, the City Council signed an agreement in October 2001 that gave it the option to buy the lot within one year for $400,000.
The city immediately enlisted the help of Bobbie Bryant, downtown service manager for the Kentucky League of Cities. Her aid is a result of a program offered through the league known as Hometown Services, which aids city officials in carrying out the task of local governance.
The league was established in 1927. It functions as a municipal organization, said Bryant, assisting 354 cities across the Commonwealth.
“We had the League draw up and prepare grant applications,” Crestwood Mayor Dennis Diebel said.
Bryant said numerous grants in a number of categories could become available to the city. She said possible uses for grant money include historic preservation, land restoration, and community development.
Potts said that one existing building will be renovated and the other three eliminated. The refurbished building will become a city hall.
Presently, all city records are stored at Diebel’s greenhouse business. In addition to housing a permanent city hall, the building would also serve as a community center.
Potts said that a community center was needed so that such groups as the City Council and the Crestwood Merchants Association could hold community meetings here. Potts is currently president of the latter group.
The Merchants Associa-tion is “behind this project 100 percent,” Noe said. Noe owns Crestwood Insurance Agency, a business located directly cross from the proposed site. He is also president of the South Oldham Lions Club, a local group that could benefit from having a community center where it could hold monthly meetings.
The stone building that is to be restored for such a purpose was once a livery stable and now houses C&M Motors. This business and others currently located on the lot are expected to relocate in Crestwood, said Noe.
He added that the two annual citywide events, Crestwood Arts and Crafts Fair and Christmas in Crestwood could be held there.
“The City of Crestwood has some money to put down,” said Noe. The city also hopes to be able to take advantage of low-interest funding through the Kentucky League of Cities.
Since 1987, the league has been providing low-cost financing to cities within the state. It has aided in capital improvement projects and equipment purchases.
Noe said the proposed lot is a “beautiful setting.” In a city where there aren’t any public areas, a park would be an asset and contribute to the aesthetic beauty of the small town.
“Mayor Diebel and the city commissioners are very receptive to the idea,” Noe said. “Without them, we couldn’t move forward.”
Diebel said the city is still waiting to learn the outcome of the grant applications, of which Bryant said, “This can be a very long process.”

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