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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Wilder Officials Present Options for City Center Plan

The city of Wilder shared details from the city plan presentation on its Facebook page.

By Robin Gee, council beat editor

With the announcement this week of a $250,000 grant to be allocated to a new amphitheater at Frederick’s Landing, the city of Wilder is well on its way to realizing its goals to fully develop a vibrant city center master plan.

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The city has been working with Elevar Design Group to create a preliminary concept for the plan. At the most recent city council meeting, City Administrator Terry Vance presented the plan concept with three options depending on varying degrees of cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

One of the options would not require help from the state highway department, but the other two would require some assistance in reopening old right of ways linking the development to Kentucky Route 9. The city has not yet met with District Six officials, he said.

Wilder City Administrator Terry Vance presented three potential options under consideration for the city center plan.

The city is hoping to attract developers with additional ideas, but wanted to provide a preliminary plan to spur discussion. Vance noted that the area in question falls under a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district, so this provides additional incentives for developers.

"Until we take proposals from interested developers, we are not exactly sure what the market will support," Vance explained. For example, "We show apartments with some retail in the lower level, and that seems to be what the market will support, however, if a developer has a particular idea in mind that is different from our concept, the city would have to review it and make a determination on how it would benefit the city."

While the city is waiting to see who might be interested and ideas they may have, officials have given some thought to what they’d like to see. For example, Vance said, the city hopes a developer would convert the old north fire station to a brew/pub or something similar.


Officials also would like to see a restaurant and possible entertainment venue on south part of the property overlooking the park to take advantage of the view and the soon-to-be-constructed amphitheater in that space.

Other ideas include a boathouse along the Licking River and a proposed baseball field. At an earlier council meeting, Mayor Robert Arnold said the city has received an estimate from civil engineers Viox & Viox for the ball field and is applying for a Reds Community Fund grant for additional funding for the project.

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