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Florence to Buy Nursery Site, Approve Zone Change for New Hotel

The City of Florence will buy the former Florence Nursery property.

The long vacant 5-acre site at 7501 U.S. 42 will be brought up to subdivision standards to make it attractive for potential development in the future, city leaders said this week.

City council voted to authorize Mayor Diane Whalen to take the steps necessary to complete the purchase.

The cosr was $610,000.

Until the property is developed, it will be used by the adjacent Florence Senior Center for additional parking spaces.

Council also heard the first reading of an ordinance to approve a zoning map amendment that will ultimately allow the construction of a new hotel.

The 2.15-acre site on the southeast corner at the intersection of of Vandercar Way and Seligman Drive will be home to a 4-story, 56,000-sq. ft. Holiday Inn Express. It will create 25 full-time jobs and 10 part-time jobs.

Vice Mayor Julie Metzger-Aubuchon said the county and city planning commissions gave their OK to the change. A formal vote by city council will take place at the next meeting.

Work is expected to begin on the hotel next spring.

Other notes:

Phillip Yannarella was reappointed to  to the Kentucky Urban Forest Commission for a three year term.   

Jeffrey Koenig was reappointed to the Boone-Florence Water Commission for a term of four years.

Mayor Diane Whalen proclaimed November 1 as Extra Mile Day in the City of Florence, and urged citizens to go the extra mile, and to make a difference.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor