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Neighbors of Springs Inn look to future

Residents of the neighborhood around The Springs Inn are concerned about the property's future, now that the iconic motel at Harrodsburg and Lane Allen roads is being demolished.

They met Monday night with representatives of the property, city officials and Diversified Demolition to ask questions and voice worries about what might be rebuilt there, what the property will look like in the meantime and how asbestos removal is being handled.

"They've been good neighbors," Barbara Penegor said of the inn. "I just had no idea and no one on the street had any idea what was going on."

After demolition, green areas of the property will be reseeded with grass and the motel's footprint will be covered in crushed stone, said John Conley, owner of Diversified Demolition. Then the property will go back on the market.

Several residents said they understood why the owners wanted to tear down the motel, but some said they do not look forward to having a vacant lot there because of the noise from Harrodsburg Road.

"A privacy fence and some greenery would go a long way," Tom Blankenship said. "I want something built back as soon as possible just to block my view of the street."

What that might be remains to be seen.

Residents who asked about zoning were told that most of the property is zoned B3, which would allow for the widest number of business uses.

"We don't want to ... look at a liquor store or an all-night store. That's scary," said Nancy Poindexter, whose property adjoins The Springs Inn's land.

Property manager Cheri McMullin said the seven-plus acres might be broken up into several plots if a single buyer can't be found.

Cindy Mulvihill, who owns the property with her mother, Janet Jordan, said the family put the property up for sale a few years ago, and a potential buyer backed out last year shortly before the sale was to close.

The motel closed in November 2008, after 60 years in business.

The family decided to tear it down this summer after hearing from others in the industry that the property just was not suitable for a motel any more. It was falling into disrepair, and people kept breaking in.

"Times change, and I didn't think I had a choice," Mulvihill said.

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