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Central Kentucky Rail Yard Transformation Benefits From Brownfields Grant

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The transformation of a former railyard in Estill County will benefit from a half million-dollar cleanup grant.  The Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation is the recipient of the Brownfields grant.  These grants support underserved and economically disadvantaged communities across the country in assessing and cleaning up contaminated and abandoned industrial and commercial properties.

The “Yard” development is planned for the 40-acre site on the former railroad property between Irvine and Ravenna.  Kentucky Steam Heritage President Chris Campbell said this award will help further an entertainment venue and restaurant which already have financial backing. “Getting the grant enables us to go ahead and say to our sponsors you put your money into these individual projects that you’re sponsoring, the concert venue, the restaurant and we will take care of the preliminary stuff to make it legal.  So, that’s how it will speed it up,” said Campbell. 

Campbell envisions the site being ready to hold events about a year from now.  Kentucky is receiving $1.4 million to go toward four projects overall.  That includes funds for projects in Danville, Booneville, and Burkesville.

Here's Chris Campbell with more about the Kentucky Steam Heritage Project:

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