Four west Kentucky communities are the recipients of federal grants totaling more than $2 million combined for many different projects.
The grants come from the Community Development Block Grant Program, a part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, aiming to expand affordable housing and improve infrastructure.
Governor Andy Beshear traveled throughout the region Monday to present these grants. Lotus, a McCracken County-based sexual assault support center, recieved $360,000 to buy two acres of land and develop an outdoor nature preserve. The preserve will serve as a developed green space that includes sensory gardens, walking trails, and natural habitats.
The city of Murray also received $500,000 to combine and replace two outdated fire stations. State officials said the new fire stations will provide tools for more efficient response services and a healthier and safer facility for firefighters.
Beshear also presented more than $300,000 to Trigg County’s Janice Mason Art Museum to upgrade the facility up to Americans with Disability Act standards. The museum currently has barriers at the entrance that hampers accessibility for some individuals.
Hopkins County received a $1 million grant to improve and update Dawson Springs’ sewage system.