Mayor William Thomason: City and county officials have met with ‘hotel conglomerate’ about building on bypass

Leitchfield Mayor William Thomason said at Monday night’s City Council meeting that he and Judge-Executive Kevin Henderson recently met with a “hotel conglomerate” about purchasing property on the William Thomason Byway.

The planning commission recently approved rezoning South Radford Way, off the byway and across from Beville Park, from residential to commercial, at the request of the city. Council members approved the move last night (rezoning the property is intended to pave the way for hotel development).

The roughly 16 acres on the bypass at S. Radford Way was purchased by the city to accommodate a new city hall and Leitchfield Police Department headquarters. That idea, which was estimated to cost between $6 and $7 million, has since been nixed.

Thomason said the hotel representatives were interested in building on only “two to three acres” and added that city and hotel officials were still negotiating the deal. If a hotel is indeed built on the property, city officials could at some point possibly revisit building a new city hall and police station on the remaining acreage.

By Ken Howlett, News Director

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