Kentucky Downs Going Through Renovations and Adding Jobs
(August 22, 2016) Franklin, Kentucky
Kentucky Downs, a top tourist attraction in Franklin, Kentucky for 26 years is going through extensive renovations. The only European style race course in North America will be making changes to both the exterior and interior of their facility. Ted Nicholson, Kentucky Downs Senior Vice President said “the new design will create something more grand than what is currently there. This is a 26 year old home you want to update it to a point that you feel happy about it. The outside look is going to change dramatically” he added. “Currently it looks like a red brick colonial barn, but it is going to have a lot more lights and it will look more like a gaming facility.” Nicholson said.
Besides having live racing in the fall, Kentucky Downs offers its patrons pari-mutual betting, bingo and hundreds of instant racing machines. Nicholson stated that they are still working with architects on a final design but the plan is to knock down walls and make the building a more open environment. Nicholson said there will be glass enclosing the entire back of the building that faces the race track. A circular bar is being added that will host a permanent stage for music adjacent to the bar. With the new open space, customers will see the glass-enclosed area when they walk through the door.
Gary Broady, Chairman of the Franklin Simpson Industrial Authority, expressed his excitement about the changes coming to Kentucky Downs “This represents some four million dollars in new investment to this facility. Kentucky Downs has added some 20 new jobs this past year and now employs some 140 people making them one of our largest employers in Simpson County.” Broady went on to say “that Kentucky Downs has a forty-five million dollar impact on Simpson County’s economy annually. People come from several states to Kentucky Downs which really helps our local restaurants and shopping facilities. We are so proud that they are continuing to improve and invest in their facility.”