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.
By any measure, redevelopment of the Town of Martin is a large undertaking. Planning and design on this scale cannot be accomplished in a vacuum, nor can it ignore the tradition and culture of the community and its landscape. Therefore, the planning and design for the redevelopment of Martin is set within a framework of social, physical, and economic principles, such that redevelopment would be economically and socially viable and visually pleasing. This framework, which will guide all future development in Martin, is described in the Martin Redevelopment Plan and Design Guidelines.
The community planning principles provide the overall guidance for all principles, and include:
All development in the redevelopment sites will be developed under the design guidelines administered by a local Design Review Board, appointed by the City Council. The design guidelines have been approved for all four phases of redevelopment.
Members may be contacted through the Martin City Hall.