Friends of Cemetery Road

By: Courtney Lassiter
By: Courtney Lassiter

Another land battle is under way but this time it's preemptive.

As new businesses go up in Bowling Green a group of residents are trying to stop congestion on what they call the Green Belt to Bowling Green.

The corridor from Interstate 65 to Cemetery Road is the last Bowling Green exit that's been left virtually untouched.

It was built to provide an aesthetically pleasing entrance into Bowling Green and Western Kentucky University.

The group known as Friends of Cemetery Road think they'll have a large following as the Foundation for the Preservation of Cemetery Road Corridor.

"When you go down Cemetery Road you look at the red flags, trees, flowers, green space and it takes you in to the downtown area, I think this corridor puts our best foot forward," Attorney Harvey Johnston said.

Johnston wants to put a stop to building anything on Cemetery Road before it starts.

"There would not be any more commercial zoning or rezoning on Cemetery Road the land that is zoned that they strictly comply with the zoning map and continue to make this an aesthetically pleasing corridor," Johnston explained.

Not only do out-of-town guests like the entrance, residents living around Cemetery Road really enjoy the green space.

"We come out here to enjoy what little nature we have," Johnston said.

A Bowling Green woman said she thinks it's a bad idea for anyone to build anything commercial on Cemetery Road.

Vince Berta said if they don't start this group it's just a matter of time before the Cemetery Road corridor turns into this.

"This is an attractive corridor so I think there will be people who want to build here," Berta said but if he and Johnston have anything to do with it, it will be left alone.

"A lot of people didn't want the interchange to begin with and to make it appealing to everyone they built it as a beautiful entrance," Berta explained.

"This exit showcases Bowling Green and Western Kentucky University," Johnston said.

As for any planned commercial buildings on Cemetery Road we spoke to Warren County Planning and Zoning who say there is currently nothing on file.

The next filing deadlines are March 12 and 26, 2007, we'll check back with them then to see if anything has changed.

The Foundation for the Preservation of the Cemetery Road Corridor said they have hundreds of supporters willing to go against any opposition they may face.

Their lawyer has already filed papers in Frankfort to be an official group to preserve Cemetery Road.

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