FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - Franklin County Judge-Executive Huston Wells on Monday cast the tie-breaking vote to approve hiring of CityVisions Associates as a consultant for the Capital Plaza area redevelopment project.
Magistrates Fred Goins, Marti Booth and Lambert Moore voted against the resolution. Magistrates Michael Turner, Don Sturgeon and Scotty Tracy voted in favor of employing CityVisions, a firm from Louisville. CityVisions will gather public comments and develop a master plan for the Capital Plaza area and the Frankfort Riverfront. A city-county group selected CityVisions over Teska Associates, located in the Chicago area, in a meeting earlier this month.
Booth, the 5th District magistrate, and Goins, the 2nd District magistrate, have been vocal in their opposition of the project. Both magistrates also voted against allocating $50,000 to hire a consultant for the community engagement process.
“We would have saved a lot of money,” Goins said about why he voted no.
Booth claimed the whole procedure was unnecessary.
“I’m torn on this,” Moore hesitated. “But, I’m going to vote ‘no.’”
At the work session, which was prior to the voting meeting, City Manager Cindy Steinhauser
introduced Barry Alberts, managing partner of CityVisions.
“The cream truly rose to the top and we are really excited to have them on board,” she said.
Alberts said he expects to get started quickly engaging in engaging the general public about the Capital Plaza area redevelopment project. Steinhauser said the public engagement process should take six to nine months.
“We want to see things happening early on to provide some momentum,” he said.
Before CityVisions gets started, however, City Commission also will vote on a resolution to hire the company. That meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Kentucky History Center.