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New fire department marks beginning of Martin redevelopment

By: Whitney Burks
By: Whitney Burks

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MARTIN, Ky. (WYMT) - Since its establishment in 1926 the City of Martin has had nine major floods destroying homes and businesses.

For more than one decade officials have been working to create a redevelopment site that would literally move and protect the city.

Tuesday another big step was taken on that project with the completion of the first building on the redevelopment site.

City and state officials gathered at the new Martin Fire Department for a moment they say will go down in the history books.

"To the people who call Martin home and remember the thriving businesses along main street, this project will eventually bring peace," said Congressman Hal Rogers.

They cut the ribbon in front of a new Martin Fire Station now marked as the first building to be built on the redevelopment site.

"Everyone's been waiting I guess the last 10 years, waiting to get everything going and here's the first symbol of that," said Martin Mayor Sam Howell.

The site was leveled off above where Martin currently sits as a place to relocate homes and businesses otherwise in trouble of serious flooding.

"Homes will be protected. Businesses will be elevated, and the City of Martin will thrive once more," said Congressman Rogers.

Officials say moving the fire station was a great first step for the City of Martin, and they say the next step is to move City Hall and the police department as well.

"This is the first public building on this property, the fire station, and it had to be the first because we had to protect what else comes here," said Congressman Rogers.

Local firefighters say they could not be happier to get moved in and get the rest of the city moving up.

"Everything's new, clean, and ready to go anytime," said Chase Shepherd.

The building cost $1.2 million.

Construction began in 2011.

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