HARRODSBURG - Mercer County School officials hope the purchase of a warehouse will ease both traffic and space problems for the school system.
The Mercer County Board of Education agreed last month to purchase a 38,000 square foot warehouse adjacent to school property for $750,000. It is owned by Harrodsburg Industrial Warehousing, a company owned by Kenneth Riley and Thomas Peavler.
An entrance to the property will be used by high school student drivers and staff only, Bruce Johnson, Mercer County School superintendent, said Tuesday night. That will take traffic pressure off of an intersection with Tapp Road and a cross road leading to both Mercer County Elementary School and Mercer County High School.
The land being purchased is almost two acres, but in addition to the entrance road, the important part of the purchase is under the roof of a two-story warehouse. One third of the building will be used as an athletic fieldhouse.