County offers old West Main house for sale

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

The downtown, historic Goodman House at 329 W. Main St. may have a new owner soon. Built around 1820, the two-story bluish-gray house owned by county government sits vacant and deteriorating.

Franklin Fiscal Court voted unanimously Thursday to offer the Goodman House for sale by accepting sealed bids. Soon, a property survey will be done and the county will advertise for bids.

In early May, Judge-Executive Teresa Barton said Fiscal Court planned to demolish the building and build a courtyard and green space area. But local preservationists objected and suggested some alternatives.

John Gray, president of Historic Frankfort, said in May if the county would agree to delay demolition, "we will, at our own expense, have a structural engineer examine the building. If the engineer says the building is unsound, we have no argument."

If it can be saved, however, Gray asked the county to donate the house to a nonprofit group, "who would stabilize the building and assume liability, and then market the building through a local Realtor. This strategy proved successful with the Owsley House and we think it will prove successful with the Goodman House."

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