Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) announced today a $650,000 award in Renaissance Kentucky funds for the city of Danville.
Grant dollars will be used toward the construction of a downtown parking structure.
These grant dollars will allow the city of Danville to more aggressively recruit economic development to the downtown district,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher. “The facility will provide Danville will more a more convenient mode of parking for visitors and potential business developers and therefore make the downtown area more convenient and attractive.”
GOLD Commissioner Darrell Brock said there’s no excuse now for not doing business in downtown Danville and in other Renaissance communities. “You often hear folks complain that they don’t go into their downtowns because of a lack of parking,” said Brock.
“Renaissance Kentucky communities are working hard to overcome that perception. There are places to park your car in Kentucky’s downtowns – whether it’s a parking structure or through some kind of shared-parking lot contract between businesses and churches or with a government agency.”
Danville Mayor John Bowling said that although the process of getting the project off the ground has been a long one. “This Renaissance Grant will help the city put forward a financial package for the parking structure. I'm also pleased that the taxpayers of Danville will not have to subsidize the garage. I'd like to thank everyone that has been involved with this project."
Julie Wagner, Executive Director of the Heart of Danville Main Street Program said the grant is one example of the role state government can play in local revitalization projects. “The downtown community is grateful for the partnership that exists between the City of Danville and Renaissance Kentucky that will enable us to complete this project and bring new jobs to Main Street."
Renaissance Kentucky is a state grant program administered by GOLD that encourages cities to concentrate on bringing new life to their downtown areas.
Danville is a Gold-designated Renaissance Kentucky city.