HMP&L reveals $13 million plan to rebuild Henderson campus

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HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) – Henderson Municipal Power & Light briefed the Henderson City Commission Tuesday about plans to rebuild campus near downtown Henderson.

HMP&L General Manager Chris Heimgartner said the plan is intended to make the city-owned electric utility more efficient while making its 3.5-acre site at Fifth and Water Streets more attractive to neighbors.

The plan was approved unanimously on October 28.

The complex includes a building built before 1913, which Heimgartner said does not meet basic workplace standards.

The headquarters build is newer but also has needed repairs, according to HMP&L.

HMP&L is also calling for the demolition of buildings built in the ’40s or ’50s to house an automobile dealership but is now home to the utility’s fiber-optic communications network.

Other plans include extending a decorative brick-and-steel rail fence around the site, incorporating more landscaping, adding a walking path, and storing wire reels and transformers beneath roofed spaces instead of in the current open yard.

HMP&L said it explored leaving its current site altogether, but the other locations were either too small or environmentally challenged.

The cost of the rebuild is estimated at $13.5 million.

The community can offer comments, suggestions, or questions by emailing HmplRebuild@hmpl.net.

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(This story was originally published on November 12, 2019)

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