Martin, Kentucky Redevelopment Plan
What can local citizens do to advance the Town of Martin Project?

Local citizens of Martin can become involved in advancing the Town of Martin project by exercising their rights as citizens and making their concerns for the project's completion known to local, state and national representatives through letters, phone calls and electronic media (email system). Attendance at important local and state meetings regarding the project would also show local concerns for the project's future and support for completion of the project.

What is the status of the Town of Martin Project?

Since its inception in March 2000 The Town of Martin Redevelopment Project has been funded through a partnership between the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Floyd County Fiscal Court with non-Federal financial assistance from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Corps of Engineers' Federal share of the project funds is provided through Congressional "Adds" to the annual Federal budget. Given all of the competing national needs and the finite amount of available Federal funds, securing adequate funds for the project has been a difficult task for those Congressional Interests that support the Martin project. What funds that have been provided recently have been used to move forward the design of project components that could be constructed when sufficient Federal funds are made available.

The designs for the replacement Fire Station, the replacement Martin Alternative Learning School and the replacement City Hall/Police Station are being developed by the Corps of Engineers and its consultants. Other design work for relocation of the main sewer line around the downtown area (the "Sanitary Bypass" necessitated by the anticipated filling of the downtown in Phase II) and the bypass potable water line are ongoing. When sufficient funds are made available for construction of these project components, they will be constructed at their planned locations within the project area.

As stewards of America's navigable waterways for the past 200 years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for protection and development of water resources in our nation including the reduction of threats to life and structure damages associated with flooding and hurricanes in more than 20,000 communities throughout the country. The Corps of Engineers is dedicated to providing high quality planning, design and construction services as well as regulatory oversight and restoration of ecosystem services for our nation and its citizens.

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This is a critical mission because:

  • Floods cost over $4 billion annually in property losses and emergency assistance.
  • Only 20-30 percent of at-risk buildings are covered by national flood insurance.
  • Less than 15 percent of U.S. communities are protected by flood-protection measures.
  • Urban development in floodplains continues, increasing annually by two percent.
  • Most floodplain maps are outdated – by more than 20 years in many communities – and nonexistent in many developing areas.
The Future of Martin

Few rural towns in Appalachia have been afforded the opportunity to repurpose themselves into attractive and safe communities where families and individuals can attain their collective and personal goals in spite of extreme weather events that occur around them. Gradually recreating a new downtown that maintains the historic small town charm of the past and supports the rugged determination of its citizens is the ultimate goal of the Martin Redevelopment Project. Despite the rollercoaster-like emotions that any large, long-duration project generates, the future of Martin appears brighter than the days spent cleaning mud and debris out of homes and businesses following the April 1977 flood event. The partnering agreement executed on August 31, 2004 between the Corps of Engineers, the City of Martin and Floyd County remains in effect and its stated project goals continue to shape the project's implementation.

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Visions of Martin

A community underwater in 1977, 2001, 2003
and 2009.

A community celebrating Red, White and Blue days.

A community where flood damaged buildings are being deconstructed to enable redevelopment.

A community being redeveloped at the Phase 1 Site.