Town Plans Revitalization Effort for Downtown

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MIDDLESBORO, Ky. -- A small town in southern Kentucky wants to initiate a revitalization effort that will improve its downtown, create new jobs and spur the economy.

Officials with the group Discover Downtown Middlesboro say they are researching deeds for 200 historic buildings.

Isaac Kremer and Marie Oehlerking say they want to restore and renovate the structures. They say the group already has some grant money for the project and that at least 100 of the buildings qualify for federal rehabilitation tax credits.

When the buildings are fixed up, community leaders would recruit businesses to use them.

Kremer says they hope the research will help them restore the building that helped earn Middlesboro the nickname "The Magic City" during a period of rapid growth in the late-19th century.

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