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Proposed RV park in Midway causing some controversy

Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 5:23 PM EDT
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WOODFORD COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - An RV resort coming to Midway is becoming a hot topic of conversation. The project, called the Kentucky Bluegrass Experience Resort, is designed to be a tourist destination.

It’s the number of people the park will draw that has some residents concerned.

A group of people said they’re not necessarily opposed to the RV resort. A letter from their attorney said they’re more concerned with the size and scale of it.

“They feel like it would totally change the character of their small town,” said attorney Joe Childers.

It’s a storybook historic district with the new addition a mile up the road.

“Overall it’s a very popular project in the city. I can tell most people are in favor of it. But there are some concerned citizens and they are well-meaning,” Midway Mayor Grayson Vandegrift said.

Childers, who represents the concerned citizens, said the size of the upscale RV park was understated. It stretches from Woodford to Scott counties.

“1000 sites with maybe 3-4 people there, that’s 3,000-4000 people, which would basically double or triple the size of Midway,” Childers said.

He said they’re worried about clogged up interstate exits, pollution and vehicle emissions.

Mayor Vandegrift said he thinks the visitors will stay put, but it’s the residents who will explore.

“What it does offer is the public, the people of Midway, the chance to have, for the first time ever, access to a pool,” Mayor Vandegrift said.

In the letter, Childers asked for 30 days for public comment.

“I’m inclined to grant it. I think the more we can get input from the public, the better,” Mayor Vandegrift said.

“The voices of the people of Midway have not been heard yet,” Childers said.

Childers said so far the developers have chosen not to meet with him and his clients to talk about their concerns.

We were not able to reach the RV park developers or their attorney.

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