ASHLAND, Ky. — Downtown Ashland is seeing a lot of changes.
Multiple businesses have popped up within the past half-year and many are planning to make their debut, making it evident that the area is being revitalized.
“I think we’re seeing good growth and we’re seeing an excitement coming back downtown and we’re seeing people wanting to open shops and open businesses downtown and it’s exciting,” said Katherine Utsinger, Ashland economic development specialist.
Utsinger said the city is constantly showing properties downtown to interested businesses, noting in the past properties were only shown about once every few months.
“There’s definitely a lot of interest in people coming downtown and I think we’re just going to continue to see shops getting filled and it continue to grow,” she said.
Cresent Moon Properties owner Paul Castle, who owns multiple properties downtown, is also seeing the same theme when it comes to growth. Castle rents his properties to businesses and also has around 10 downtown lofts. He said 90 percent of the properties are now rented, including all lofts.
“There is such a demand right now for downtown apartments and commercial space,” said Castle.