OCT. 2, 2013 —
Boyd Fiscal Court told Pathways if another location was not found, it would block the vital CDBG funding.
McClanahan said Pathways officials looked at 39 alternative sites in Boyd County before considering the Carter County site. It was also invited to consider property in Greenup County, she said.
“Everyone we looked at that was acceptable to the Boyd Fiscal Court and the community just didn’t meet the criteria,” said McClanahan. “They were too expensive or they didn’t have the access to services. We truly searched high and low and everybody that called us we followed up with.”
If the Grayson site is approved soon, construction could still begin in February with the facility set to open in early 2015.
“We are moving as quickly as the wheels of the public allow,” said McClanahan.
She said although the Boyd County property no longer seems like a viable site for the project, the developer continues to have an option on it.
The address of the property is still being used to process an application for funding, McClanahan said. “Until there is another site that the developer has an option on this option will remain.”
There is no planning or zoning in Boyd County that would prohibit the center from being built on the site. However, McClanahan said officials want and need public support.
Response to the possible Grayson location has been positive so far, she said. Pathways, she said, has a long history in Carter County including as a partner in the highly successful efforts of the Carter County Drug Free Coalition.
“This is a good thing, it will be good for the community,” McClanahan said. “I truly believe that and I think we will show that.”
Grayson residents have yet to weigh in on the project publicly other than comments on social media sites including Facebook.