TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

December 19, 2013

KCEOC gets old B’ville nursing home

Donation gives community action agency 37,000 more square feet


TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

By Jeff Noble

Staff Writer

“It’s a work in progress, and it’s a good Christmas present.”

That’s what KCEOC Community Action’s President and CEO, Paul Dole, said moments after an agreement was signed Wednesday morning, in which the old Barbourville Nursing Home was donated to the community action agency.

The former nursing home located at 117 Shelby Street in Barbourville was owned by Barbourville Realty LLC, a division of the Forcht Group.

The property became vacant after the company built and moved into the new Barbourville Health and Rehabilitation Center. The center is located on Ky. 225, in the Barbourville Business and Technology Park.

Dole said the old nursing home building was appraised for $2,560,000, along with equipment in the building appraised at $270,000.

“We signed the papers just a a while ago. The attorneys will file the papers in the courthouse,” he added.

With officials and representatives from both KCEOC and Forcht Group around them, the transfer was made after Dole, Forcht Group owner and CEO Terry Forcht, and Forcht Group Senior Accountant David Witt signed the contracts and agreements at a ceremony inside the Barbourville Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Dole stated KCEOC is presently looking at several options on what to do with the old nursing home building and property.

“We’re looking on whether to lease it out in smaller sections to other organizations. We could also possibly rent some of the building as potential low-income apartments, or as office space to small businesses. We’d like to help get some entrepreneurs started there, which is why we’re looking at leasing out office space,” he pointed out.

One possibility brought up for the old building would possibly be to KCEOC’s benefit, according to Dole.

“We may even use some of that space for KCEOC’s own use, either for Head Start programs, or for day care programs we’ve not been able to provide at this point,” he said.

Both parties involved in the transaction feel the donation is a win-win situation.

“We’re happy to do this. We’ve been in the old building since 1982. It has 37,000 square feet, and we hope KCEOC will put it to good use,” Witt said after the signing.

Dole added, “It was great for the Forcht Group to make the donation. They’ve provided meeting space for us, they wanted to help the community, and we’re real lucky to have them here.”

KCEOC’s Advancement Manager, Brandy Crase, said the donation gives the community action agency space they didn’t have before.

“It’s space we can use. Whatever our board decides to use it for will benefit the community. Obviously, the need for housing is a major concern. So is having a day care for working families, and we have economic development programs that we want to grow small businesses with. Whatever the need is, we want to meet it,” she stated.

The former nursing home located at 117 Shelby Street in Barbourville was owned by Barbourville Realty LLC, a division of the Forcht Group.

The property became vacant after the company built and moved into the new Barbourville Health and Rehabilitation Center. The center is located on Ky. 225, in the Barbourville Business and Technology Park.

Dole said the old nursing home building was appraised for $2,560,000, along with equipment in the building appraised at $270,000.

“We signed the papers just a a while ago. The attorneys will file the papers in the courthouse,” he added.

With officials and representatives from both KCEOC and Forcht Group around them, the transfer was made after Dole, Forcht Group owner and CEO Terry Forcht, and Forcht Group Senior Accountant David Witt signed the contracts and agreements at a ceremony inside the Barbourville Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Dole stated KCEOC is presently looking at several options on what to do with the old nursing home building and property.

“We’re looking on whether to lease it out in smaller sections to other organizations. We could also possibly rent some of the building as potential low-income apartments, or as office space to small businesses. We’d like to help get some entrepreneurs started there, which is why we’re looking at leasing out office space,” he pointed out.

One possibility brought up for the old building would possibly be to KCEOC’s benefit, according to Dole.

“We may even use some of that space for KCEOC’s own use, either for Head Start programs, or for day care programs we’ve not been able to provide at this point,” he said.

Both parties involved in the transaction feel the donation is a win-win situation.

“We’re happy to do this. We’ve been in the old building since 1982. It has 37,000 square feet, and we hope KCEOC will put it to good use,” Witt said after the signing.

Dole added, “It was great for the Forcht Group to make the donation. They’ve provided meeting space for us, they wanted to help the community, and we’re real lucky to have them here.”

KCEOC’s Advancement Manager, Brandy Crase, said the donation gives the community action agency space they didn’t have before.

“It’s space we can use. Whatever our board decides to use it for will benefit the community. Obviously, the need for housing is a major concern. So is having a day care for working families, and we have economic development programs that we want to grow small businesses with. Whatever the need is, we want to meet it,” she stated.