EDC brings promises of tourism boost

Mary Ann Kearns - [email protected]
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Adding an entertainment destination center to Maysville should up the city’s appeal to tourist and offer visitors a wider range of options for entertainment, officials said.

Maysville City Commission took one of the final steps to establishing an EDC in the downtown area by choosing a name for the district Tuesday — The Landing at Limestone.

The city is currently in the process of applying for a license for the EDC, Maysville City Clerk Lisa Dunbar said Thursday.

Once established, the EDC will open up the quota system for more by-the-drink licenses for businesses within and adjacent to the EDC. The license will also allow patrons to move throughout the zone, taking with them their drinks in plastic containers.

Individual businesses will be required to apply for and receive an NQ2 license, Dunbar said, which is the same license restaurants and hotels hold to serve alcoholic drinks.

Maysville is one of the destinations on The B-Line, Northern Kentucky’s answer to the Bourbon Trail, which hosts more than 1 million visitors each year.

While the Bourbon Trail plays into the heritage of Bourbon through major distilleries like Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark, the B-Line will highlight the rise of craft distilleries that include the Old Pogue Distillery in Maysville.

The EDC will cover an area from the banks of the Ohio River to Sutton Street, east from Second Street to Wall Street, north from Wall to Third and from Third Street to the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge and back to the river bank.

A move by state legislators, led by State Rep. John Sims, prompted the application after the cost of a municipal license for an EDC was reduced to about $2,500, Dunbar said, about $5,000 less than a private license.

Maysville Mayor David Cartmell said the decision to secure the EDC license and news of Maysville’s inclusion on the B-Line has had an immediate effect on real estate sales in the downtown area with properties being sold and renovation plans made.

The sale of the abandoned Hayswood Hospital property to Stitch Up Properties LLC of Brandenburg, last month is also good news, Cartmell said.

While the old hospital has presented a challenge for the city for several years, it now presents an opportunity for the area, he said.

“The crown jewel of all is having Hayswood Hospital back in private hands,” he said.

Cartmell said he plans to reach out to the new owner soon to offer his support.

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Mary Ann Kearns

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