Transpark Nears Reality

By: Heath Myrick
By: Heath Myrick

After four years of planning, the Kentucky Tri-Modal Transpark is closer to becoming a reality.

Wednesday, the ITA Board of Directors approved a number of items including its' master plan, zoning resolutions, a business plan, as well as the budget for 2003-04 fiscal years. Officials also unveiled a virtual representation at the proposed industrial park.

Officials have spent more than $500,000 obtaining 356 acres for the first phase of the project. Within the industrial park, there are currently ten potential sites ranging from 15 to 73 acres each. Plans call for nearly two miles of boulevards, bike paths and detailed landscaping. Designers say they hope to create more of a "campus-like" feel, rather than an industrial setting.

Electric, sewer and natural gas lines will run underground along with a fiber optics system. Meanwhile, storm water waste will be collected through a complex system, treated, then used to irrigate the landscape.

Engineers are in the process of conducting microgravity and geotechnical work to avoid sinkhole collapses. Officials also say they're working closely with folks at Mammoth Cave National Park to ensure strict guidelines for air quality. The ITA also plans on reintroducing certain tree species within the Transpark site.

ITA President, Jim Vance says he's pleased with the response they've already received from potential industry. Vance believes construction crews may break ground as early as October or November of 2003.

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