ASHLAND Kentucky Power has purchased a landmark downtown Ashland building, the Old Post Office, with plans to use it as its company headquarters.
Kentucky Power said the purchase of the building on Winchester Avenue "will allow Kentucky Power to move all of its company headquarters' employees to one location, while freeing up space for other employees, including operations personnel, who will continue to work at Robert E. Matthews Service Center near Cannonsburg."
Some headquarters employees have been working in rental space in the Citizens Bank Building on Carter Avenue, while some others are at the service center.
"Kentucky Power has been looking for a permanent office headquarters since moving from Frankfort back to Ashland in 2017,” said Brett Mattison, Kentucky Power president and chief operating officer, in a press release. “We have been very blessed to lease office space from Citizens Bank. However, we simply do not have enough space in our current leased space. We are proud to be moving back to downtown Ashland where our company headquarters was located for many years.”
The Post Office's prior owner, Pat Steen, said she has a lot of wonderful memories from owning the building. Her late husband, Marshall, took special pride in owning the building and keeping it in premier shape. Recently the building has been used to host weddings and other special occasion events.
“It was a bittersweet decision for me,” Pat Steen said. “It’s a very big and expensive building to maintain. Marshall...it was his baby. It was a business decision and a good decision for my family. I have a lot of beautiful memories in there,” said Steen.
“He ( Marshall) wanted to restore it for a wedding venue," she continued. "In the last couple of years we have been booked every Saturday. There have been a lot of beautiful weddings there. It was a beautiful building and it was fun to restore.”
The Old Post Office was built in 1916 on the corner of Winchester Avenue and 17th Street in downtown Ashland. It has been used in recent years for business meetings, conferences, weddings and other community events. Its days as a post office ended when a new postal facility was built on Carter Avenue. The older building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
“The new location will allow us to maximize efficiencies and operations and provide the needed room to conduct business,” Mattison said. “Kentucky Power is very proud of the areas that we serve, our communities and our recent 100th year celebration of being in business. We want to ensure that we are an integral part of the community and this move to a permanent location will allow us to do exactly that.”
Employees will move to the new location after a few minor modifications and functional changes are made. No specific date has been set for the move.
“We are looking forward to once again becoming a permanent resident of downtown Ashland,” Mattison said.