$25,000 bid for Goodman House

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Two offers went up on the second and final round of bidding on the historic Goodman House. Now it's up to Franklin County Fiscal Court to decide if $25,000 is enough.

The decision will probably be made at the next regular meeting, Dec. 5.

Three sealed bids were opened Friday in the county judge-executive's office. John Gray, president of Historic Frankfort, submitted a $25,000 bid, the highest.

Ida Palmer-Ball, a teacher at Peaks Mill Elementary School, submitted a $22,000 bid, and a $6,000 bid was received from James P. Gallagher.

Magistrate Jill Robinson said today, "I don't know about anybody else, but $25,000 is enough for me. I'll be glad to let it go for $25,000, but with some stipulations, including some timelines for renovation work to be done."

In September, two bids were received for the house at 329 W. Main St. - a $15,000 offer from Gray and a $5,020 bid from Robert Polsgrove, president of The Kentucky Trust for Historic Preservation.

Fiscal Court rejected both bids, but agreed to advertise for bids "one more time" in hopes of getting a higher offer.

Palmer-Ball said today it was "totally out of character" for her to bid on the property. But when she saw a picture of the building in a State Journal story earlier this year, "it caught my eye." Then after touring the building, she said she fell in love with it.

"I don't know what I would use it for, but it's too nice of a building to fall further into disrepair," she said. "It's in bad shape, but it's a part of Frankfort's history and it has great potential. I just hope it is saved, and that John (Gray) will be able to take it and go with it. It's a sweet building. I love it so much I would be willing to go down and help (renovate) it if they want some sweat equity."

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