Former Hines Motel to become kindergarten parking lot

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Demolition crews make quick work of tearing down the Hines Motel on Big Hill Avenue

Last March, the Madison County Board of Education decided to purchase the former Hines Motel on Big Hill Avenue for $250,000, after pursuing the land for more than two years.

Now, the property will hopefully begin its transformation into a second entryway and parking lot for Madison Kindergarten Academy in the coming weeks.

In a May board of education meeting, Superintendent David Gilliam gave an update about the parking lot structure for Madison Kindergarten Academy, which had seemed to come to a crawl due to a backup at the Kentucky Department of Education level. Gilliam had said he reached out to the facilities branch to try to get the ball rolling again, with hopes to keep the summer completion deadline.

However, the anticipated completion of the project looks to be in the middle of August.

"We anticipate the construction to begin soon, and once it does, it will move forward quickly," said Erin Stewart, community education director for Madison County Schools in an email to The Register.

Stewart said they do not plan to start the new school year with the entrance open. She said they will allow school to start and take some time to examine what will be the best flow of traffic for that entrance.

"We will begin utilizing the new entrance this fall, and we are excited to be able to better serve the MKA community," she said.

Because of its sole entrance, only exit and connecting neighborhood streets of Bond Street and Logan Avenue, traffic piles up during peak school drop-off and pick-up times. Madison Kindergarten Academy has faced traffic issues since 2014, when the school system began all-day kindergarten in the former Mayfield Elementary, according to a previous Register story.

Roughly 40 parking spots will be available along with room for buses to maneuver around and drop-off students. The board approved the schematics for the entryway in a previous meeting. The project was bid out, with The Allen Co. winning the bid.

Reach Kaitlyn Brooks at 624-6608; follow her on Twitter @kaitlynsbrooks.

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