A ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony was held by AU Associates, Inc. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, for Federal Place Apartments on Broadway. Comprised of fourteen affordable housing units for seniors, the adaptive reuse of the historic Jackson Federal Post Office into apartments is the culmination of the local citizens and leaders’ efforts to save Jackson’s most iconic architectural building.

The dedication ceremony was an opportunity to celebrate with the City of Jackson, the citizens of Breathitt County, neighbors, and funding partners on a successful collaboration to create affordable housing and save an historic community asses. AU Associates partners include Citizens Bank and Trust of Jackson, the Kentucky Housing Corporation, the Kentucky Department for Local Government, the City of Jackson, the Kentucky Heritage Council, and the Breathitt County Fiscal Court.

The Old Jackson Post Office is locally significant and listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the largest and most elaborately detailed building in the community from the early 20th century. It is the finest example of high style design in the local architectural area and significant in its relation to the Federal Government and the height of Jackson’s rich coal history.

This project was financed with State and Federal Historic Tax Credits. The State of Kentucky HIstoric Tax Credit is serving three projects in the area (Breathitt, Wolfe, Lee, Owsley, Perry, Knott, and Magoffin Counties) totaling investments of more than $9,039,000. It is a tremendous local preservation resource that needs to be expanded in order to help preserve more of rural heritage in Kentucky.

The above article was printed in the Thursday, October 17, 2013 issue of the Jackson-Breathitt County Times Voice.