FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced he will recommend additional Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) funding to cover cost overruns of $146,000 for the renovation of the Starland Child Development Center in downtown Hazard. The center was originally approved for funding in July 2006.
“It’s vital that we have good quality childcare options in Hazard, and this center can play a big part of providing that care,” said Rep. Brandon Smith (R-Hazard). “I’m extremely pleased that these cost overruns have been recommended for additional funding and am hopeful the project will be completed soon.”
Extensive renovation will be required to reopen the center, including construction of a recreation area wall to serve as a protective barrier to children and staff and elimination of a serious drainage problem caused by a portion of the existing building.
The project ran over budget after the center was severely damaged by a delivery truck that crashed into the building. The funds will be used to provide required safety enhancement of the development center. The renovation will also update the HVAC systems by replacing the old systems and bring the facility into compliance with current energy code requirements.
ARC is a federal-state economic development program used to meet infrastructure needs as well as to support education, workforce development, leadership and civic capacity building, entrepreneurship, asset-based development and affordable and accessible health care. ARC is federally funded and available to Kentucky’s 51 most eastern and south-central counties. Applications for ARC funds are submitted to the Governor’s Office for Local Development.