Council okays Campbellsville Somerset's dorms

Carla Slavey

Chris Girdler, new president of the Somerset Pulaski Economic Development Authority, introduced himself to Somerset City Council members on Monday, saying he would be asking for their opinions in the future.

Changes in zoning and an introduction to SPEDA made up some of the actions taken Monday at Somerset City Council's meeting.

The council voted unanimously to add dormitories to the types of buildings that can call themselves a Business-2 zoned property.

That paves the way for student housing to be added close to post-secondary educational facilities.

The move was prompted by Campbellsville University, which confirmed that it is looking to purchase a property on U.S. 27 to convert into housing for around 100 students. That property has not been named as of yet.

Council also approve the rezoning of several parcels of property.

A piece of land on Monticello Street located directly across from the Oak Hill intersection was changed from Residential-2 to Business-2 (B-2), and an adjacent property was changed from Industrial-2 to B-2.

Also changed was three lots at the intersection of Mound and Broadway streets from Residential-3 to Residential-1A.

The council also heard from new CEO/president of the Somerset Pulaski Economic Development Authority (SPEDA), Chris Girdler.

"I want to commend Mayor [Alan] Keck and Judge [Steve] Kelley for their hard work and their willingness to work together to try to help this community move forward together," Girdler said.

"I believe that SPEDA is going to be able to inject a new and fresh vibrancy into our economic development efforts, whether that be industrial, whether or not that be retail, I believe we're going to be able to help a lot of the areas of tourism promotion, and educational and workforce development."

He informed the council that he planed on attending council meetings regularly and reaching out to councilors to get feedback and opinions.

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