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Harrodsburg chooses Dedman Drug Store for grant application

August 27, 2003|ANN R. HARNEY

HARRODSBURG - James Harrod Trust for Historic Preservation's restoration of Dedman Drug Store on Main Street has been chosen as the project to be submitted for a $250,000 state grant.

The drug store won out over the YMCA's project to restore the old armory, a building through which many men passed on their way to battle in World War II. Some of them perished in the Bataan Death March, while others survived the Japanese army's cruelty and torture and returned home.

David Shewmaker, president of Harrodsburg First, the city's Main Street program and the organization charged with choosing a project that will be submitted to the state for funding, told Harrodsburg City Commission that the decision had been an emotional one and the meeting lasted almost three hours. Shewmaker said his daughter works for the YMCA.

Shewmaker said the drug store across from Mercer County Courthouse won the chance to apply based on a point system set up by the state. He said while some of the categories were subjective, the trust's project won out in some of the questions and the armory won others.

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In the final analysis, the drug store won out and was the best chance for Harrodsburg to receive the grant. Shewmaker explained the decision to Harrodsburg City Commission Tuesday evening when he asked for the city to be the conduit through which the funds will flow if Harrodsburg is chosen by the state to receive the grant.

The maximum grant to be awarded will be $250,000, but the city will not have to spend any of its money, only act as treasury of sorts for the funds.

Shewmaker said Harrodsburg First is still dedicated to a West Broadway project and the armory sits at the intersection of College Street and Broadway.

West Broadway is the oldest street in the state. He said Harrodsburg First Executive Directory Amy Sparrow already is seeking out other grants for the armory.

The armory lost out in part because it has no architectural plan for the building's restoration.

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