Forcht Group donates nursing home building to KCEOC

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - One Eastern Kentucky Community Action Agency got a multi-million donation!

The Forcht Group gave the old Barbourville Nursing Home building to KCEOC in Knox County.

The old Barbourville nursing home is empty. The Forcht Group recently moved into a new nursing home building. They did not want the old building to sit empty for long.

"Trying to find a buyer for a special purpose building sometimes takes a long time and we didn't want to do that," said Terry Forcht, CEO of the Forcht Group.

The Forcht Group decided to donate the three million dollar property to the KCEOC Community Action Partnership.

"We felt like the property needed to be occupied and overseen, and he has tremendous track record for getting things done," said Forcht.

"We were really surprised when we first heard of the possibility," said Paul Dole, KCEOC President.

The Forcht Group made it official Wednesday and deeded the property to them.

"Put their trust in us to put that building to good use and which we intend to do," said Dole.

KCEOC officials have not decided yet what to use the building for but say it will benefit the community. Some ideas include apartments, childhood programs, and leasing part of it to small businesses to create jobs.

KCEOC is determined to improve the community and create opportunities for change, and this gives us a real big tool to make it happen," said Dole.

"This is going to work out well for us as well as their organization," said Forcht.

KCEOC officials say the building is 37,000 square feet, so they can split it up for multiple uses if needed.

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