ASHLAND, Ky. — Plans to redevelop Judd Plaza in downtown Ashland are progressing and could lead to the addition of a small park.
The Ashland commission accepted a $31,700 proposal this month from EN Engineering, LLC to perform engineering and drafting services associated with the stretch of brick road between Community Trust Bank and First Presbyterian Church.
Mayor Steve Gilmore said the funding for a redesign project is already available because it was carried over from the 2016-2017 fiscal year. A redesign of Judd Plaza has been discussed off and on for at least the past 10 years.
Gilmore said design are mostly completed but could change slightly before any work begins. Ideas for the park include more green space and a walkway, Gilmore said.
Last June Gilmore created a special committee tasked with redesigning Judd Plaza. The six member board included Community Trust Bank President Andrew Jones, local farmer Casey Muncy, Commissioner Matt Perkins, City Streets Superintendent Randy Carpenter and Dr. E.B. Gevedon, president of the parks board.
During a city commission meeting this month, the city commissioners along with Gilmore expressed support for the Judd Plaza renovation project. They voted unanimously in favor of accepting the engineering bid, and were in unison on another idea for the potential park area.
“I know it will come at a later point, but I hope we can propose a new name for it,” said Gilmore. “I think it’s going to be worthy of a historical name.”
The city commission meets again this Thursday at 6 p.m.