Thursday, May 30, 2013

New Fire Department marks beginning of Martin redevelopment

MARTIN, Ky. -- Since its establishment in 1926 the City of Martin has had nine major floods destroying homes and businesses.

For more than one decade officials have been working to create a redevelopment site that would literally move and protect the city.

City and state officials gathered at the new Martin Fire Department for a moment they say will go down in the history books.

Officials including Congressman Hal Rogers help cut the ribbon in front of a new Martin Fire Station now marked as the first building to be built on the redevelopment site.

The site was leveled off above where Martin currently sits as a place to relocate homes and businesses otherwise in trouble of serious flooding.

Officials say moving the fire station was a great first step for the City of Martin, and they say the next step is to move City Hall and the police department as well.

The building cost $1.2 million.

Construction began in 2011.