Perryville Community Center to be up for sale 

Published 7:00 pm Friday, March 6, 2020

The Perryville Community Center, which overlooks the Chaplin River next to Merchants Row, will soon be up for sale.

The council voted to sell the property, located at 216 S. Buell St., since it no longer needed the space for the police department or for its meetings.

Perryville City Hall and the Perryville Police Department have moved their offices into the former Monticello Bank Company building that was donated to the city last month by the bank. Council meetings will now take place there, Mayor Brian Caldwell said. The council has been meeting in the community center since 1993, he added.

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Thursday night, council member Steve Bailey said since the acquisition of the old bank building and his research which showed the city had spent nearly $14,000 annually on building maintenance since 2014, he made the motion to sell the property. Council member Adam Gray quickly seconded, and without any discussion, the council unanimously voted to sell the structure.

City Attorney Justin Johnson said the building was not subject to historic easement restrictions and the city had several options on how to sell the property, for example through a public or electronic auction, or sealed bids. The city could also transfer property “without compensation to another governmental agency or for economic development purposes,” Johnson said.

In other business:

  • Main Street Perryville Executive Director Vicki Goode announced that it had been awarded a National Association of Realtors Smart Growth Grant for $5,000. The organization has used the money to hire Teresa Lynch, a commercial revitalization specialist to write a strategic redevelopment plan for the 10 buildings on Merchant’s Row.

The Central Kentucky Association of Realtors nominated Main Street Perryville for the grant, Goode said.

A redevelopment team is already working with Lynch and met for the first time on Tuesday, she said. Members of the team, including Goode, are: Kitty Dougoud, State Coordinator of Kentucky Main Street and Site Identification; Lisa Thompson, National Register Program Coordinator for State of Kentucky; Mayor Brian Caldwell; Steve Bailey, Perryville City Council; Lisa Bottom, VP Farmers National Bank; David Walden, President of Perryville Merchants Association; Jennifer Kirchner, executive director of Danville Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau; Jody Lassiter, President and CEO Danville Boyle County EDP; Jeff Jewel, Executive Director Danville Boyle County Chamber of Commerce; Logan German and Sissy Fowler of CKAR; George Coomer, president of CKAR; Bryan Bush, Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site park manager; Tim Lanham, Main Street Perryville board member; and Robbie Mayes, Chairman, Main Street Perryville, Inc.

Goode said the team will meet several more times to review the plan before it’s finalized in early May.

  • Good also announced the recently formed Merchants Association of Perryville was having a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Prince Auction fundraiser on Saturday, March 14 to raise money for projects around the city. Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple for dinner at Salted Honey. Also, MSP is partnering with Boyle County 4-H and FFA members in developing a landscape plan for several areas around town.
  • Bryan Bush, new park manager at Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site introduced himself to the board. He said he was looking forward to working with the city of Perryville on many projects. “Let’s work together. We’re both in tourism and education.”