Couple presented with new home

Larry Lacey (center) stands on the porch of his new home with Mayor Dan Kemp. Lacey said his old house on West Edmunds Street was falling apart. The city hired a Russellville company to build him a new one on the same lot.

Larry and Glamor Lacey received keys to a newly rebuilt house Thursday on their Edmunds Street property. The city government had their old, dilapidated house bulldozed and commissioned construction of the new one.

It was part of Hopkinsville’s Home Improvement Program — the third house awarded since December, Mayor Dan Kemp said.

Larry Lacey, who works at AutoZone, said the last house was falling apart. A tree had fallen on it, and water was leaking through.

David Carroll, technical services coordinator for Community and Development Services, said the cost of repairing it would have been higher than the house’s assessed value. Jerry’s Home Improvement, which has done other jobs for the city, built the new one. The house has three bedrooms.

CDS receives money for these projects from the Kentucky Housing Corporation and Community Development Block Grants.

Kemp stood on the Laceys’ new porch on Thursday and handed them the key, with a small crowd watching. Larry Lacey said he hopes to move in by the weekend.

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