Somerset officials excited about blighted property being transformed into park

SOMERSET, Ky. (WYMT) - A run-down area in one southern Kentucky town is undergoing some major changes.

A piece of property next to Bourne Avenue in downtown Somerset used to be the site of an apartment building. But it was torn down last year after being damaged in a meth lab explosion.

"The building was probably our most blighted area in Somerset," said Dennis Crist, the city's head of zoning and planning. "It's been a thorn in our side for the last 25 years."

But the lot will soon be home to a small park.

"It will have tables and chairs and there will be covers for them," Crist said. "There will be a lot of green space. It's all going to be handicap accessible. There will be water over there and electric to where they can play some music."

The property where the park will be constructed is located next Somerwoods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

The center's administrator, Brian Jaggers, said, "It'll be a great place for our neighborhood and our employees and our residents and their families to enjoy it. With it being right across the street they can just walk over there and have some time away from the facility and enjoy the outdoors."

Ground will be broken on the park in April and the project expected to be finished by late summer.

Crist said local draftsman Jerry Dixon deserves a lot of credit for the project for donating his time to help with it.

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