Neighbors blame drainage problem on city-KSU project

By MICHELLE PERRY State Journal Staff Writer Published:

John Cole has a pond in his front yard. But it's not for swimming or fishing.

Water has collected in an old railroad bed next to Cole's driveway, and he points a finger at the new development up the hill from his Montrose Park home.

"It all started with the development," agreed Mike Newton, one of Cole's neighbors, speaking of Kirkland Fields, a collection of townhouses on East Main Street.

The project began in 1999, a joint venture between the City of Frankfort, Kentucky State University and Creative Housing, a not-for-profit organization run by the Frankfort Housing Authority. City Engineer Jeff Hackbart said the land used to hold several older "dilapidated" houses.

"Those lots were developed prior to this project," he said. And he said Cole had problems with standing water before the Kirkland Fields project began, "just because of the way the grades are." Water from East Main flows down Carey Avenue and to the lowest point in the area, the railroad bed.

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