Were not certain why so much commercial development has concentrated along U.S. 127 South in the west end of Frankfort. Perhaps it has been the proximity not only of west-end Frankfort residents but also Anderson County residents only a few miles distant.
But it was only a matter of time before developers turned from the nearly-saturated western I-64 interchange here to the eastern intersection with Versailles Road. In fact, the years-long legal battle over locating a Cracker Barrel restaurant in that area pointed the direction of inevitable commercial development on the east end.
So the work already begun on a 90-acre commercial and residential development along U.S. 60 across from Best Western and Fairfield Inns comes as welcome news.
Even more welcome are assurances by Franklin County Planning Director Vickie Sewell that the east-end development called Parkside Development will be far better designed than the west-side developments, in particular Poplar Creek with its torturous entry and exit from U.S. 127 South.
We have better access management standards and better design standards, since Poplar Creek was developed, Sewell told State Journal reporter Charles Pearl this week.
Thats certainly a relief.
It also should be a relief for the Parkside developers themselves. Owners of a major commercial development and Parkside appears to be exactly that do not want potential customers discouraged by difficult entrances and exits, confusing interior roadways and dangerous access points to stores and restaurants. When that exists, people avoid the hassle and simply go elsewhere to spend their money.
With the existing east-side population, including some of Frankforts more affluent neighborhoods, and Woodford County residents only a few miles away, the I-64-Versailles Road area is bound to become a magnet for future commercial developments.
As opposed to the west side of Frankfort, lets do the east side right this time.