Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) announced today that the city of Shelbyville is the recipient of a $250,000 Renaissance Kentucky grant.
Grant funds will be used for the renovation of the Garrett House, located at 627 Main Street in the heart of Shelbyville’s Renaissance district. The Garrett House, which was used by the Presbyterian Church as its manse, was a gift to the city by the church. Funds will also be used to purchase an adjacent parking lot east of the building.
After renovation, the Garrett House will be used as a welcome and history center for Shelbyville and Shelby County.
Governor Ernie Fletcher said the project meets several objectives of the Renaissance Kentucky program. “These grant dollars will allow the city of Shelbyville to complete the rehabilitation of an important building, and bring new economic opportunity to area businesses through their promotion at the welcome center.”
GOLD Commissioner Darrell Brock, Jr. said, “The new center will serve as a starting point for tourists in the area. Here, they will find maps of the county, and brochures on shopping, motels, bed and breakfast inns, and eating establishments. Area visitors will also have an opportunity to learn about the history of Shelby County.”
This project has also received funding through the federal government’s Transportation Enhancement Act of the 21st Century, or TEA-21 program.
The Office of Renaissance Kentucky is administered by GOLD. Renaissance Kentucky is a downtown revitalization program that matches communities with resources needed to invigorate their downtown areas.
Shelbyville has been a designated Gold-level Renaissance community since 1998.