Old WCMS School Demolition
DEMOLITION of the old Woodford County Middle School began last week, but the question of what will become of the property on the corner of Lexington and Maple streets has yet to be decided. The building, constructed in 1927, first served as Versailles High School, then became Woodford County Junior High School in 1964 and was closed in January, 2005, when the new middle school off Falling Springs Boulevard opened. Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott said the city council is still considering rezoning the property to residential to help maintain the character of the neighborhood.
Local developer Matt Matthews acquired the WCMS building and its 11-acre campus from the Woodford County Board of Education for $1.53 million in September 2006. After his efforts to repurpose the WCMS property and former school building as a mixed-use development with professional office, retail and residential spaces were unsuccessful, the property now known as Equestrian Park was sold for $1.3 million to Kentucky Bank’s special assets unit in a May 2011 master commissioner sale. A development plan for an urgent care center on a vacant lot, located adjacent to the old middle school building, was reviewed on Tuesday morning and sent to the Planning Commission.