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Preserving the past: Wilmore receives grant to stabilize granary building

Efforts to preserve one of Wilmore’s significant industrial buildings were bolstered with a $500,000 grant at the end of the year.

Wilmore Mayor Harold Rainwater said he was notified in late December the city received the community development block grant to stabilize the former Brumfeld Hay and Grain building on East Main Street.

At one point, the 106-year-old building provided the first electricity and phone lines in Wilmore.

“It’s a blight abatement (grant) because it was a sitting, deteriorating building that was significant to our city,” Rainwater said. “It was a very successful business 100 years ago.”

It was so successful, it built a separate office building for the business, which is present day city hall, he said.

The grant will help fund a project to repair the roof, stabilize the building and seal any openings to prevent more water from getting in and causing further damage, he said.

While the city owns the building, it is working on an agreement with a developer to purchase it and make it a viable structure again, Rainwater said.

“We’re in a discussion phase with a developer that we will sell the building and transfer the grant  if they will match it with at least $500,000,” he said.

The deal would also repay the city for the $260,000 it has invested, he said.

“We got it in a bankruptcy and held it until we could do something with it,” he said.

The building had been vacant for about 15 years when the city purchased it, Rainwater said.

Eventually, the building could be turned into an event center or another use.

“It has to be preserved,” he said. “It would become an event center or an office building.”

About Fred Petke

Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun, the Jessamine Journal and the State Journal. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email fred.petke@bluegrassnewsmedia.com or call 859-759-0051.

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