Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Ernie Fletcher Awards Funding For the City of Nicholasville

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 03, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

             Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced a $146,000 Renaissance on Main grant for the city of Nicholasville.  Funding will be used for the renovation of the Hemphill Building.

            “The city of Nicholasville is creating jobs while creating additional living space in its downtown,” said Governor Fletcher.  “These grant funds have ensured additional revenue and most importantly an exciting chance for the downtown to thrive.”

            Renaissance on Main funds will be used to renovate the downstairs of Hemphill into a café and bakery that will seat 40 people and offer wireless internet.  The second floor will be renovated into two-bedroom apartments.  This will generate additionally tax revenues for the city and county as well as create 9 new jobs.

            “The café will have great appeal among the younger generation as a place where they can gather to socialize,” said Senator Tom Buford (R-Nicholasville).  “This project will also create additional living space in downtown.”

                Representative Robert Damron (D-Nicholasville) said, “I am pleased at the awarding of this project.  The community leaders have worked hard to provide Nicholasville with a vibrant downtown and should be commended.”

                Renaissance on Main, formerly Renaissance Kentucky, is a downtown revitalization effort that provides communities funding in order to restore and maintain their downtown areas.  The program is focused on economic development and job creation.  There are two classifications of cities:  Certified and Candidate.  Nicholasville is a Certified Renaissance on Main city.

            The Renaissance on Main program partners with the Kentucky Heritage Council/Main Street Program, the Kentucky Department of Tourism, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the Kentucky League of Cities, the Kentucky Housing Corporation, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati and the Governor’s Office for Local Development, the agency responsible for administering the program.