Louisville, KY – According to the state officials, the initial building site is located in the community of Talcum, in Knott County near the Perry County line.
The state initially secured 75 acres and can expand that to nearly 300 acres, which means the land not only provides a place to rebuild but is a place to grow for the future and attract new businesses.
This is the first of several locations in Eastern Kentucky that are being considered for rebuilding projects.
The state is currently evaluating multiple sites in four counties: Breathitt, Knott, Letcher and Perry.
These counties combined account for 75% of the homes lost to flood damage.
Initial concepts for the Knott County community include small, medium and large home lots, senior apartments, park and recreation space and an elementary school, all surrounded by wooded areas. The plan is also to provide the infrastructure in a way that benefits the entire region, including relief and assistance to the City of Hazard and Perry County.