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Main Street committee works to improve city entrance

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By Mallory Bilger

A vision more than a year old is coming to fruition on Ky. 55 thanks to a generous grant from a neighboring business, the work of the Taylorsville Main Street Committee and a partnership with the city of Taylorsville.

Main Street Design Director David Young said plans to improve the landscape across from the Spencer County Public Library have been in the works for about a year and a half and were funded by a $15,000 grant from Trim Masters Inc. in Harrodsburg. Main Street also partnered with the city of Taylorsville to make the project a reality. Some city employees provided assistance in pouring concrete for benches and completed other tasks with the landscaping.
Young said that the project is not yet finished and will feature benches and trash cans. The original desire was to create a city park, but there was not enough space.
“We decided to go ahead and do what we could do,” Young said, noting that area will be very impressive in the spring when the plants are in bloom.
“Somebody made the comment that it doesn’t look like much, and right now it really doesn’t because everything is dormant,” Young said. “In the spring everything we’ve planted will have some type of bloom throughout the summer.”
Young said Main Street also had to seek permission from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to complete the project because the land lays on a state right of way.
Next spring motorists and pedestrians can enjoys Crepe Myrtle trees, Canda Red Select Cherry trees, burning bushes, knockout roses, some evergreens, a few large trees and more.
“By spring we hope to have it completed,” Young said. “In the next few weeks we hope to have the benches.”
Young said Main Street is expecting some additional funding for the project soon. He said he felt like the project embodied Main Street’s purpose in promoting Taylorsville and making it visually appealing for both residents and visitors.