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