Neighborhood concerned about industry moving in

By Holly Brantley - bio | email

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - Plans for an industrial facility to go in near homes in McCracken County has some residents in an uproar. While commissioners approved the plan, people near the site say they are concerned about the impact to the community.

"We don't want it," said Ron Martin. "Nobody here wants it."

Ron Martin has lived in the neighborhood near Pool Road and Rosewood for 20 years. He says he was shocked Monday night when commissioners approved rezoning that would allow for big business to go in near his home.

Shoreline Steel plans to go in on the 20 acres bringing in more than a dozen jobs. Some people in the area feel that is a good thing. Others like Martin, disagree saying the trucks will tie up traffic.

"Who's going to pay for that? I'm worried," said Martin.

Others say the acreage used to be a landfill and argue that building on it is against government regulations. Heartland News contacted numerous representatives with the Environmental Protection Agency about the issue who say they are exploring the situation. Heartland News is still waiting to hear from Judge Executive Van Newberry regarding the plans.

"Why here?" said Martin.

People who live in the neighborhood say they still plan to be at the next Fiscal Court meeting to discuss the issue.

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