HAZARD — The southern half of Main Street’s downtown section in Hazard reopened to traffic on Feb. 24 after nearly six months of closure. The closure occurred on Sept. 1, 2015, when the old Grand Hotel building burned. Disagreements over how the demolition of the Grand Hotel building should take place held up the reopening of Main Street longer than most citizens expected.
In the time that Main Street was closed, a new bakery, Jackie’s Cakes, held its grand opening and First Federal Bank moved to the former Community Trust Bank building downtown. With traffic now flowing through on its regular pattern, businesses on Main Street will be visible to hundreds more passersby on a daily basis. Demolition of the Grand Hotel building remains in progress. Until construction work on the site is finished, the parking spaces and the section of sidewalk in front of the Grand Hotel building will be blocked by concrete columns.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.