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.

Phased Development Approach

Martin will be redeveloped in a series of phases. The community redevelopment program will be jointly sponsored by the Corps of Engineers Huntington District and the Floyd County Fiscal Court. The Corps has established a four-phase schedule for implementing the redevelopment program. The order of the phases was determined jointly with the project sponsor and is further described in the project Real Estate Plan.

Phase 1

  • Construction of the 6.4 acre Phase I Redevelopment Site completed in 2007.
  • Design and construction of key facilities in the Phase 1 site such as:
    • Government relocated City Hall/Police Station,
    • Government relocated Martin Alternative Learning School,
    • Government relocated Fire Station
    • Mixed-Use Commercial and Office Buildings by private/public interests. The Big Sandy Area Development District is assisting the City of Martin with development of new commercial facilities in this site.

Phases 2 and 3

  • Acquisition of downtown properties
  • Relocation of the Martin Alternative Learning School and City Hall and Police Station to the Phase I Redevelopment Site
  • Demolition and clearing of existing downtown structures and facilities
  • Relocation of existing utilities (sewer, water, electric, gas, and telephone) and Route 1428
  • Place compacted fill material and raise site above floodplain (14 acres for redevelopment)
  • Private/Public construction of redevelopment areas (commercial and residential)

Phase 4

  • Implement voluntary floodproofing program
  • Apply nonstructural methods including voluntary buy-outs and protection in place
  • Future development of the Beaver Creek Greenway by non-Federal sponsor(s)