Prep Work Continues on Properties Up for Redevelopment on Midland

Dozens of trees removed from downtown lot as prelude to development

by Janet Patton, 8.30.16,

Former Lexington vice mayor Mike Scanlon said he had more than 40 trees cut down on a 2.7-acre lot at Midland Avenue and Short Street last week as a prelude to developing the property, but he has no definite plans yet.

“We are just cleaning up that block, taking down the trees. … In a couple of weeks, we’ll smooth out the hills, grass it up, try to make that place look like it ought to as a gateway into Lexington,” Scanlon said Monday. “Those trees were pretty ugly. When we’re done, it will look like somebody owns it and takes care it.”

The long-term plan for the lot is to develop it, possibly with affordable homes, he said. He plans to meet this fall with Community Ventures, which is planning a mixed-use development at Midland and East Third, and with neighborhood and downtown leaders to get input. The site is next to Northeastern Park and across from Thoroughbred Park…Read more at


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