• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Future of old middle school site remains uncertain

HOMES ARE VISIBLE across Maple Street from the former location of the old Woodford County Middle School building. Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott said he wants to protect the integrity of the established residential neighborhood and does not want a commercial use on the now-vacant property at the corner of Lexington and Maple streets. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

With the old Woodford County Middle School building razed, the future of its now-vacant site at the corner of Lexington and Maple streets remains uncertain.

Versailles City Council voted in October to request a hearing by the Planning Commission to rezone the property from B-1 (neighborhood business) to R-3 (medium density residential).

“The council’s endgame and desired result was to protect the integrity of that street – Maple Street, which is an established residential area,” said Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott. He described a zone-change application as the only mechanism at the council’s disposal to achieve a desired result.

“There may be other means to get there,” added Traugott. “And I’m having some conversations with the owners of the property (Kentucky Bank and an out-of-town bank) and seeing if there’s an alternate way to achieve that result.” He noted that the property was zoned B-1 when a building was still on the site and that the former school would have likely been repurposed as a multi-family residential use.

With the old WCMS now gone, Versailles City Council has not yet sent a letter to the Planning Commission requesting a zone-change hearing. A preliminary development plan must accompany that request if a letter asking for a hearing is sent to the commission.

“I would like to keep all of the options on the table,” said Traugott of the site’s future. “I would like to take the least intrusive option though, if we can – zone change is not that.” He said his chief concern was the impact a commercial use on the former middle school site would have on the residents of Maple Street.

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