UPDATE: Midway City Council Denies Water and Sewer Services to Potential RV Resort

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The developer’s next step will be to explore the possibility of reducing the size of the project and then bringing it back to the board in the future.

MIDWAY Ky. (WTVQ) (UPDATE) – “All the potential developers who want to come to Midway and change our town, I mean this… Midway is not for sale.”

Strong words from board member Logan Nance after more than a year of planning and months of discussions around a potential RV park and luxury resort midway.

On Monday, city council members expressed their sentiment, before voting on whether to provide water and sewer services to the project.

“We don’t want to be Lexington. We don’t want to be Georgetown, or Nicholasville, or even Versailles. We want to keep Midway, Midway, ”Nance said.

“The proposal as it stands does not give me enough information to be sure that the benefits will outweigh how it might harm our community”

The proposed park would be located on the Elkwood Farm property with over 97 acres in Woodford and 142 acres in Scott County.
It would allow 472 bed and breakfasts on the Woodford County side and 1,025 on the Scott County side.

The rejection of those who live halfway was mainly due to the size of the project, as it would increase traffic and change the community all together.

“There might be a potential use for it that would work, but I don’t think this one in particular will,” said David Shaw, who lives in Midway.

But the developers, Kentucky Bluegrass Experience Resort, already have approval from the Woodford County Board of Adjustments, but have postponed hearings in Scott County until Midway City Council votes on whether to provide service. water and sewer.

The council voted unanimously to refuse water and sewer services… sending developers back to the drawing board.

“Like any owner in the community, who has legal land use, who asks for water and sewers, should be granted water and sewers. I think it’s discrimination not to grant it, ”Kentucky Bluegrass Experience Resort attorney Hank Graddy said.

While unhappy with the decision, the developer’s next step will be to consider downsizing the project and then bringing it back to the board in the future.

“I can’t wait to do that, help him adjust to this community and calm down some of the people who have expressed their fear,” Graddy added.

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MIDWAY, Ky. (ORIGINAL STORY) (JUNE 7, 2021) (WTVQ) – On Monday, the developers and owner of the Kentucky Bluegrass Experience Resort presented plans to Midway City Council to build what they call a park and resort of luxury motorhomes.

The company owned by former British football player Andrew Hopewell.

“It’s been about a year since it’s been discussed, the purchase was in November, I believe, November, December, and then in February, they started a regulatory process to get approval,” said Hank Graddy, a lawyer representing the company on city council.

The RV park would be built on the Elkwood farm property which is divided by two counties, just over 97 acres in Woodford and 142 acres in Scott County… with access to South Elkhorn Creek.

“We think Elkhorn Creek will attract people from all over the country and definitely within 200 halfway,” Graddy said.

The park is said to have full amenity sites for RVs and cabins, restaurants, indoor and outdoor pools and more.
The developers say it could cost around $ 120 to $ 160 a night … with the longest stay being six months.
There would also be daily or seasonal passes for the resort.

But some people living in Midway don’t agree with the project so much… Lawyer Joe Childers presented council with a letter with a list of concerns. A copy of this letter can be found here 2021.6.7 Letter to the Mayor and Council FINAL

“My customers are not necessarily opposed to developing a motorhome fleet, but the scale of this project is far too big for them,” Childers said.

The plan for the park is to have 472 B & Bs on the Woodford County side and 1,025 B & Bs on the Scott County side.
Sarah Day Evans is among those affected. She says those who live halfway are working to make it a small community.

“It’s too much. It’s thousands of people for an area we’re known for protecting land and thoughtful community planning,” Evans said.

She wants council to have a public hearing and a public comment period.

Council members also expressed concerns, including increased traffic and the potential for the sector to become industrial in the years to come.

But the developers already have board approval for the Woodford County side.
Their next step is to ask city council to annex the Woodford property to the city limits of Midway, so they can ask the city to provide water and sewer services to the park.

Council did not vote at Monday’s meeting and will discuss the proposal further.


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