Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Presents $500,000 in Grant Funding for Old Corbin Hospital Cleanup

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, September 26, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Lanny Brannock

Funds will demolish old hospital to make space for housing

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today presented funding to finally enable a long-awaited project that will benefit citizens of Corbin – demolition of the old Corbin Hospital and an environmental cleanup of the site to permit development of residential housing.

The old hospital building, vacant since 1984, is structurally and environmentally unsafe. Over the years, various plans for its removal and for development of its 12-acre site have been thwarted by the presence of asbestos and other hazardous materials.

Two grants presented by the Governor today – $440,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and $60,000 from the Governor’s Office of Local Development – will cover most of the cost of demolition and cleanup. Governor Fletcher presented the grants to the Kentucky Communities Economic Opportunity Council (KCEOC) Community Action Partnership Inc., which is spearheading the project.

“This is an exciting project because it will turn this site into an economic development engine,” said Governor Fletcher.  “This project is a great example of taking a problem area and turning it into a place the entire community can use to its benefit.”

This project will require abatement of asbestos and removal of underground fuel storage tanks. Total cost of the project is $646,250.

Once the site is cleaned up and made environmentally safe, KCEOC will move forward with plans for housing development.

“I’m glad to see idle property finally being put to good use in downtown Corbin,” said U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers (R-Somerset). “This investment ensures that we get this property turned around, contributing to the tax base and meeting the needs of residents and business.”

KCEOC also has an option on an adjacent piece of property that would be utilized in the development.

ARC is a federal-state economic development program used to meet infrastructure needs as well as to support education, workforce development, leadership and civic capacity building, entrepreneurship, asset-based development and affordable and accessible health care. ARC is federally funded and available to 51 counties in eastern and south-central Kentucky. Applications for ARC funds are submitted to the Governor’s Office for Local Development.