Changes coming to Paintsville

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

Officials with one Eastern Kentucky city say they are making progress when it comes to revitalizing their city.

Paintsville City officials say it is time to make new plans for their city.

"I think we have one from the 60s, one from the 70s and one from the 80s and they were on the shelf gathering dust," said Mayor Bob Porter.

Mayor Bob Porter says through a ten thousand dollar grant, the city drafted a new main street economic development plan, gathering input from local business owners and those who live in the city.

"I felt like this was the time. This was the time, you, know,
this building has set here probably twelve, fourteen years, empty deteriorating," said business owner Linda Blackburn.

Blackburn grew up in Johnson County and recently opened a vendor mall and says she remembers the days when the building she is in was a thriving C.G. Murphy's Five and Dime. She and other investors say they feel now is the time to breathe new life into their city.

"Without businesses like ours and the mall and the other businesses that are going in, downtown would be a ghost town and we don't want to see that. We want to see it how it used to be," said vendor George Ramey.

That is why the new plans call for renovating historical buildings like the Sipp Theatre and improving the street scape. And for current business owners like Debra Branham, the plans are encouraging.

"The town was dying and just, luckily, or fortunately got together a group of people that are interested in bringing it back. And it's worked real well," she said.

She says she looks forward to even more changes.

Mayor Porter says a deadline for the plans are not set in stone because city officials are looking for additional funding. But he says immediate changes include revamping the city parking lot and adding murals to buildings.

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  • by Jennifer Location: Paintsville on May 19, 2009 at 10:22 AM
    I'll believe it when I see it.
  • by Just Wondering Location: Paintsville on May 19, 2009 at 08:40 AM
    How does Brian know so much about Paintsville? I'm guessing he was probably raised here, moved to the so-called big cities of Lex/Louisville(TRASHVILLE), and now he is envious. Envious of folks that are lucky enough to have a great job and make an honest living all while remaining in their wonderful hometown of Paintsville. I bet Brian is just mad because he doesn't live here anymore!
  • by Brian Location: Curtsinger on May 19, 2009 at 03:32 AM
    What a bunch of B.S. Paintsville only cares about the people with fat bank accounts screwing over the working people to make their accounts fatter. Everything from their joke of a radio station that's sucked for a decade to their "business"...what business? The only things there are restaurants that suck and that pathetic Apple Day event that draws the welfare crowd in. Paintsville is dead through no fault of it's own, move to Lexingotn or Louisville, it so much better here.
  • by Kim Location: Grayson,Ky on May 18, 2009 at 06:46 PM
    I think they should consider dedicating a small section of the area to be renovated, such as in the Sipp Theatre, to Bluegrass legend Hylo Brown. His singing style was unique and wonderful. He is no longer with us, but those of us that knew him loved him. He had a heart of gold and would give you the shirt off of his back or the boots off of his feet! He lived in River, Ky. for many years and I think he deserves to be honored with a memorial section of some sort.
  • by Don Location: London on May 18, 2009 at 01:51 PM
    I wish them luck.London has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on our downtown which has resulted in some really nice looking EMPTY buildings.At least now when we have to go downtown or drive threw,it is not as depressing to look at.No new jobs,but we sure look good.


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