In early July a rumor on social media made the rounds, alerting people to a possible shopping development along Highway 80 in Perry County. At the time, city officials did not want to get people’s hopes up.
Now, the project that seemed dead in the water has new life.
“This doesn’t totally finalize it, we’re not totally in the game, but without it, it couldn’t have happened, but it definitely gets us closer,” said Perry County Judge Executive Scott Alexander.
The Appalachian Regional Commission is dedicating $1.2 million in funding to sewage and infrastructure at land near East Perry Elementary.
The shopping center has been in the works for more than two years, and county officials now think there is a good chance it may finally happen.
“This is another huge community project that we have worked with the City of Hazard, with the representative and senator both the state and federal officials on, this is another true teamwork project of trying to move this project forward,” said Alexander.