Goodman House bids rejected, it may be doomed to demolition

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

For the second time since September, Franklin County Fiscal Court voted Friday to reject all bids on the historic Goodman House on East Main Street, next to the Franklin County Family Court building.

Built around 1820, the two-story bluish-gray house owned by county government sits vacant and deteriorating.

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 then if the county would agree to delay demolition, the Kentucky Trust for Historic Preservation would pay for a structural engineer to examine the building.

Fiscal Court agreed to delay its decision. Then in July, Gray sent a letter to Fiscal Court saying the Goodman House is structurally sound and stabilization cost would be around $5,000 to $10,000.

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