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.
Martin is being redeveloped through a community-based approach in which citizens are partners with the Corps of Engineers and the Floyd County Fiscal Court in the redevelopment's planning and design.
Through extensive interviews and meetings, Martin's citizens have stressed that the redevelopment must retain the character and cohesiveness that has always been the strength of their community.
The redevelopment plan honors this heritage through the use of traditional planning principles that foster community interaction and address the primary goals citizens have established for redevelopment. These goals are:
The close-knit feeling that Martin's citizens want preserved comes in part from living, working and shopping in a community where residents do not commute long hours from their homes to distant jobs and stores. The redevelopment plan preserves this strength by integrating residential, retail, commercial and office buildings. Mixed use creates a strong tax base and new opportunities for revenue and employment that will sustain Martin as a viable community for years to come and allow the city to provide improved and sustainable public services.
Martin's residents stated clearly that they want the planning process to emphasize both vehicular and pedestrian access. This has been achieved by a street grid with primary and secondary access ways that provide easy entry and exit to the redevelopment area as well as connections to KY 1428 and other routes. At the same time, pedestrians are accommodated with walkways throughout the redeveloped area. And all sidewalks, ramps, buildings, entryways, etc. will comply with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).