HENDERSON, Ky. – The site for the 126.4-acre site formally known as the Borax Property was dedicated on Tuesday afternoon during a visit by U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, during which he was acknowledged for his assistance with funding for a series of community Riverfront Improvement projects.
The development of the Borax property is the last in a series of local projects spanning several years that included the downtown tennis complex, riverbank stabilization, restrooms in Sunset Park, Riverwalk extension, sidewalks on Water Street and river intake equipment. An earlier phase of riverfront improvement also included the creation of Redbanks Park.
McConnell helped dedicate the site after making a luncheon speech at a joint meeting of the Henderson Rotary Club and Henderson Lions Club that took place at Henderson Fine Arts Center.
Other speakers included City Commissioner Robby Mills, Dr. John Logan, Mayor Steve Austin and Greg Groves, a consultant for AECOM, the firm working on site plans for the Borax property.
AECOM has developed four conceptual site plans that will be offered for review.
All variations of the master plan:
n Evaluate potential subdivision of property into both light and/or heavy industrial uses.
n Evaluate the possibility of interconnection of vehicle traffic to adjoining property, conceptual rail access on site and feasibility of barge loading/unloading onto the site.
n Consider opportunities for recreational uses, especially along Canoe Creek
n Evaluate possible improvements to the existing infrastructure that will enhance the site, including upgrades to existing roads and utilities.
The Borax site was purchased in 2015 with federal funds, and the master plan that is currently in the works is also financed with federal funds.
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell speaks at the Borax Drive dedication ceremony in Henderson Tuesday afternoon, July 26.
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is welcomed to the podium by community leader Dr. John Logan at the dedication of a new industrial site in Henderson on Tuesday afternoon. Also pictured are Henderson Mayor Steve Austin and Henderson County Judge-executive Brad Schneider.