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.
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.
The Martin Redevelopment Plan provides for a new, flood safe commercial, residential, public and institutional center on a cohesive site overlaid upon portions of the existing Martin downtown. The redevelopment plan places commercial uses in an area with greater visibility and with many site characteristics required by today's retail and office users, while providing the "town center" aesthetic desired by residents of this community. Parking and sidewalks combined with pedestrian-scaled street lighting will provide a comfortable and safe shopping and business environment.
The residential portion of the plan can accommodate approximately two-thirds of the anticipated single-family and duplex home replacement lots. Sidewalks, new utilities and street lighting will provide for an enhanced community aesthetic. A new civic plaza within the residential area will provide opportunities for community gatherings, holiday festivals and passive pursuits. The commercial and residential areas of the site are bordered by a linear, passive recreation Greenway that mitigates the 20 feet grade change between the elevated new community and Beaver Creek. Primary access to the redevelopment sites comes from Main Street (KY 1428) which, while elevated from its current height, substantially maintains its present alignment.