Students Conduct Study To Revitalize Downtown Hazard

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

A group of graduate students from the University of Louisville are in Hazard studying new ways to revitalize the downtown area. Hazard Mayor Bill Gorman says the study is vital to what he hopes the city could like in 20 years.

"What we're looking for is new ideas," Gorman said.

With pens and paper in hand, graduate students from University of Louisville are in Hazard looking for ways to move the city forward over the next 20 years.

Students looked at Hazard streets, buildings, and downtown parking issues. Next month, city officials will know what the students will recommend. Right away, Carrie Beth Lasley says Hazard would benefit from a Main Street Program.

"It offers you a lot of money to really work on your downtown, especially historic preservation and economic development, so I can almost assure you that we're going to recommend the city take advantage of that sort of program," Lasley said.

Gorman says he's confident more ideas like the Main Street Program will strengthen the city.

"These young people probably have ideas that we've never thought of before and with the University of Louisville in here, I think they will come up with some good strong recommendations," Gorman said.

Gorman says he went outside the city for new ideas hoping that translates to a vibrate downtown area.

Graduate students say they won't know the cost of improvements until they decide what specific plans they will recommend for Hazard.

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