Oldham County residents concerned about the proposed gun range

A former farm site in Oldham County could soon be transformed into a world-class sporting facility, featuring a shooting range and entertainment center.Zenith Properties, LLC owns the 370-acre farmland on Rebel Ridge Road and recently filed to get a permit for commercial use of the property, which is currently listed for agricultural use.”One thing I wanted to do was bring entertainment into Oldham County and give residents something to do that wasn’t a golf course, but rather something that was safe and outdoors,” said Jacob Dietrich, property owner.Dietrich says Heritage Gun Club will be like a golf course, but with shotguns. It will feature multiple shooting areas, including a high-quality training facility for skeet shooters and local clay pigeon shooting clubs. The club will also be equipped with an entertainment center and event space for concerts, weddings or small corporate events.The property owner says the project aims to be an economic boost for Oldham County by attracting tourists to the area, while also providing employment opportunities for locals. But some residents have concerns about the impact of the project on those who live in the community.”A lot of us who live out here moved here for peace and tranquility and to get away from the hustle and bustle,” said Steve Doolin, a resident of Oldham County.Residents also have concerns with the increase in traffic on the narrow roads, as well as an environmental concern with lead contamination and stray bullets.However, Dietrich says the facility will not only be environmentally friendly, but friendly to the neighbors with a sound barrier system to mitigate any noise pollution and habitat disruption.”Based on the volume of shooting, a company will come in to regularly extract lead from the ground,” said Dietrich. “We don’t want to be a bad neighbor to anyone. We want this to be a company that benefits the immediate area and Oldham County.”Though change can be good, residents say they’re not sure they’re ready for this new addition.”I would miss it if I had to move. I really don’t want to even think about having to move. I’m old, I expected to die on this place,” said Gregory Morgan, an Oldham County resident .A public hearing to discuss the project is scheduled for May 19 at the Oldham County Fiscal Court Annex. Residents have already held their own neighborhood meeting to prepare to express their joint concerns at the public hearing.

A former farm site in Oldham County could soon be transformed into a world-class sporting facility, featuring a shooting range and entertainment center.

Zenith Properties, LLC owns the 370-acre farmland on Rebel Ridge Road and recently filed to get a permit for commercial use of the property, which is currently listed for agricultural use.

“One thing I wanted to do was bring entertainment into Oldham County and give residents something to do that wasn’t a golf course, but rather something that was safe and outdoors,” said Jacob Dietrich, property owner.

Dietrich says Heritage Gun Club will be like a golf course, but with shotguns. It will feature multiple shooting areas, including a high-quality training facility for skeet shooters and local clay pigeon shooting clubs. The club will also be equipped with an entertainment center and event space for concerts, weddings or small corporate events.

The property owner says the project aims to be an economic boost for Oldham County by attracting tourists to the area, while also providing employment opportunities for locals. But some residents have concerns about the impact of the project on those who live in the community.

“A lot of us who live out here moved here for peace and tranquility and to get away from the hustle and bustle,” said Steve Doolin, a resident of Oldham County.

Residents also have concerns with the increase in traffic on the narrow roads, as well as an environmental concern with lead contamination and stray bullets.

However, Dietrich says the facility will not only be environmentally friendly, but friendly to the neighbors with a sound barrier system to mitigate any noise pollution and wildlife disruption.

“Based on the volume of shooting, a company will come in to regularly extract lead from the ground,” said Dietrich. “We don’t want to be a bad neighbor to anyone. We want this to be a company that benefits the immediate area and Oldham County.”

Though change can be good, residents say they’re not sure they’re ready for this new addition.

“I would miss it if I had to move. I really don’t want to even think about having to move. I’m old, I expected to die on this place,” said Gregory Morgan, an Oldham County resident.

A public hearing to discuss the project is scheduled for May 19 at the Oldham County Fiscal Court Annex. Residents have already held their own neighborhood meeting to prepare to express their joint concerns at the public hearing.

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