StarMADISONVILLE, Ky. (5/7/19) — A new construction project is in the planning phase for Madisonville after nearly 30 years of stagnant housing development in the city.

Madisonville City Council heard first reading of an ordinance during a meeting held Monday at City Hall to reclassify 10.5 acres situated at the northeast quadrant of West Noel Avenue and Wiman Drive.

The Star Rental property, owned by former city councilman Barry McGaw of Madisonville, likely will be rezoned, from medium density residential to high density residential.

Hopkins County Joint Planning Commission held a public hearing regarding the rezoning request April 23 to review the application submitted by the representative, Aaron Burnett of Bywater Development Group, who told the commission he has been working with property owners and communities for five years to develop good workforce housing including the Department of Housing in Madisonville, which is in need of workforce housing. The property would be named Wiman Gardens.

According to the application submitted to the Joint Planning Commission, a one-bedroom apartment would rent for $445, while a two-bedroom rate would be $605 and a three bedroom apartment is listed at $695 per month. Ken Gibson, a Madisonville realtor, stated he receives 10 calls a day from people looking for rental property in the area.

The commission approved the zoning change request since it was in agreement with its 2035 Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map.

McGaw said he plans to sell the property to Bywater Development Group, based in St. Louis, Missouri, to be used to construct five apartment buildings consisting of 54 various sized, affordable apartments for working families.

According to bywaterdevelopment.com, the company specializes in planning, financing and the production of high-quality, affordably and mixed-income housing developments. Rent could be income-based through tax credit financing programs, for example, through private funding and partnerships with nonprofit, for-profit and government agencies.

In other business, the city:

• Heard first reading of an ordinance amendment pertaining to code of ethics.

• Approved a $300 bid from Metcalfe Landscaping for the purchase of four used flowerpot towers.

• Approved a fire department Kentucky Homeland Security grant application of $68,968 for new extrication equipment.

• Awarded a bid to Scotty’s Contracting and Stone, based in Bowling Green, for Municipal Aid paving materials, and to Madisonville Paving Co. for Municipal Aid blacktop.

Mayor Kevin Cotton declared May 5-12 as National Small Business Week, May 13-17 as Salvation Army Week and this week as Municipal Clerks Week.

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