Franklin County tourism promotion has found a new home.

The Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist and Convention Commission announced Friday that its offices will move to 300 St. Clair St., Suite 101-102, in downtown Frankfort on May 15. The agency will lease the space for two years at $1,500 per month, including utilities. The move comes after the sale of the city-owned Gooch House at 100 Capital Ave., to the Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA), a nonprofit organization.

“Our new office location will put us in the heart of downtown. We are excited to be in an area that many tourists seek out to visit attractions, restaurants and shops,” said Robin Antenucci, executive director. “While the Gooch House was an attraction in itself, our new location will give us an opportunity to interact with more pedestrian traffic, both local and visitors.”

The Frankfort City Commission approved the sale of the Gooch House to the KDA at the end of February in a move touted to further the relationship between the city and the bourbon industry. The sale price of the landmark property five blocks from the state Capitol was $500,000. And it displaced the Tourist Commission and the Frankfort Area Chamber of Commerce.

However, the tourist commission has found a new location: the first floor of the McClure Building.

“It’s a bright, fresh space where we can showcase everything Frankfort has to offer,” said Antenucci. “It aligns perfectly with our goal of developing our brand, and updating our identity.”

The $1,500 rent is more than four times than the $369 it had been paying the city per month, although the commission split utilities with The Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber of Commerce has not announced a new location for its office.


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