By JIM BROOKS | Nelson County Gazette / WBRT Radio
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. 11 p.m. – The City of Bardstown is taking the first steps necessary to purchase approximately 16 acres of land between the city-owned educational complex (the former Old Kentucky Home Middle School property on East Muir) and My Old Kentucky Home State Park.
The city awarded bids at its meeting Tuesday for title review and an appraisal of the property. Crestview Hills-based Excel Title Services LLC submitted the low bid of $1,150 for a title opinion, while Rick O. Baumgardner of Elizabethtown was the sole bidder for appraisal services.
The property is part of a larger tract that was known at one time as “Tannery Hill,” eight acres of which is being held for development by its current owners. The 16 acres the city wants to buy is the hillsides, wetlands and wooded areas that make up the balance of the tract that is unsuitable for development.
“It’s part of this greenway project we’ve had in mind to go from the (Beech Fork) river to KY 245,” Larry Green, assistant city administrator told the council. A walking trail from KY 245 along this greenway to the river is one of the long-term plans, he explained. “This will be one link in that chain.”
Funding for the project is made available by a $85,000 grant from the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund Board. After the title examination and appraisal, the next is negotiating a purchase price, Green explained.