Beshear Again Selling Surplus Property

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is selling surplus state property again. This time it’s a vacant lot in Frankfort.

Since taking office in 2007, Gov. Beshear says his administration has generated nearly $7.5 million through surplus real estate sales.  Included in that figure is nearly $79,000 Beshear says the state got for a vacant, two-acre industrial lot in Frankfort.

“We’re not using it, and we don’t need it,” said Beshear.  “So we sold it recently to someone who did need it – the Franklin County Fiscal Court.  And we sold it at its appraised value of $78,750.”

Franklin County Judge Ted Collins says the land will be used as a staging area for the county’s new courthouse project.  

We’re building a judicial center around our 1835 courthouse on Saint Clair,” said Collins. “It was a very very, tight site to do a building, so we’re hoping to be able to stage here on this property.  Our fiscal court, the full court, voted unanimously to buy this property.”

Gov. Beshear used the sale as an example of the millions of dollars the administration has saved taxpayers by renegotiating leases and contracts, and unloading surplus real estate, airplanes and state vehicles.

“Among the properties that we’ve sold are two former armories, in Frankfort and Owensboro; a parking garage in Covington; the manager’s residence at a state park in Owensboro; and numerous pieces of right-of-way along Kentucky’s highways.” said Beshear.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.