Restoration work on Diamond Point may begin this summer

January 16, 2004|ANN R. HARNEY

HARRODSBURG - A plan for construction and renovation of Diamond Point was adopted Thursday evening and, if all goes as expected, work may begin in May or June.

The home built in the 1840s belongs to Harrodsburg First, the city's Main Street program, and the organization's board and Executive Director Amy Sparrow, with the help of Belcan architect Isaac Gilliam, are restoring the 7,000 square-foot building. Plans are to use it for offices for the program and other organizations and a gateway to the city's historic area.

The final plan includes removing an addition from the back of the house and replacing it with a two-story structure that will include a fire-proof stairway and bathrooms on both floors. A kitchenette will be added to the first floor to be used for gatherings requiring catering.

The plan will be sent to Mark Dennen, architect for the Heritage Council, with hopes for its approval, Gilliam said. If approved, the bidding process can begin in April.


Gilliam told the board that if the garage on the property were torn down, it would add four more parking places to the historic home.

Eleven parking places will be available if the garage remains, but 15 would be available if the structure was removed. Sparrow said she would discuss the issue with Dennen.

The property also lacks a space where buses may be parked. Gilliam said a pull-off might be built on the Price Avenue side with some work with the city.

In her report, Sparrow:

* Told the board that Lari Busker of Pharaoh's Pizza has again donated 100 $10 gift certificates for the board members to sell. This is the second time Busker has made such a donation.

* Said state Transportation Department has put on hold the gateway signs planned for the city.

* Told the board a grant is being sought to stabilize the old armory building on College Street. The building belongs to the city and houses the YMCA.

* Said board member Julie Johnson has resigned from the board.

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