Short Street Redesign Dismantled

City dismantles Short Street redesign; can we learn from what worked? by Tom Eblen, 05.10.16, Kentucky.com Cities should be designed for people, not cars. Reversing the auto-centric mindset that contributed to the decline of American cities in recent decades is a constant struggle. Lexington took an important step forward last August with a pilot project […]

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Pepper Distillery to Reopen on Manchester Street

Historic James Pepper Distillery to reopen on Manchester Street by Janet Patton, 05.04.16, Kentucky.com The James E. Pepper Distillery will be making bourbon again. A businessman from the Washington, D.C., area who owns the James E. Pepper label plans to put a distillery in the historical home of the brand on Manchester Street, Mayor Jim […]

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Hemp Planted At Henry Clay Estate for First Time in 130 Years

Hemp plants return to Henry Clay’s Ashland estate by Michael McKay, 05.03.16, Kentucky.com Hemp was planted Tuesday at Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate, for the first time in 130 years. The hemp will be a permanent part of the estate and will be an educational tool, Ashland curator Eric Brooks said. “There can be no […]

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Lexington To Study Cost of Fiber Optic in Rural Area

Lexington to study cost of high-speed internet for rural Fayette areas by Beth Musgrave, 05.03.16, Kentucky.com Lexington’s push to increase internet speeds will be delayed a few months as the city studies the cost of providing ultra high-speed internet access to Fayette County’s rural areas. During the Urban County Council’s work session Tuesday, the council […]

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Susan Speckert Joins Fayette Alliance As New Executive Director

Susan Speckert Named New Executive Director of Fayette Alliance Lexington, Ky. – The sustainable growth, land use advocacy group Fayette Alliance announced today the hiring of Susan B. Speckert as the organization’s next Executive Director starting on May 23rd. Most recently serving as General Counsel of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, Speckert’s diverse background led […]

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Work On CentrePointe Garage to Start Soon

Work to start soon on interior walls for CentrePointe garage by Beth Musgrave, 4.15.16, Kentucky.com Construction crews have poured concrete for four columns of a three-story underground parking garage on the CentrePointe site in the last few weeks. Work will begin soon on the interior walls of the garage, CentrePointe developers said this week. Dudley […]

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Property Values in Fayette County Increase

Fayette landowners face billion dollar bump in property values by Linda Blackford, 4.14.16, Kentucky.com Starting Friday, thousands of Fayette County homeowners will get some unwelcome mail: a notice that their property has been reassessed at a higher value, which means they’ll owe more taxes this fall. That’s good news for schools and local government, which […]

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2016 Lafayette Seminar Focused on Economic Development and Collaboration

Economic development in university cities is all about collaboration by Tom Eblen, 4.10.16, Kentucky.com What are the secrets to economic development? An important one is collaboration. That point came through clearly last Thursday, when the University of Kentucky’s Gaines Center for the Humanities held its annual Lafayette Seminar in Public Issues. The keynote speaker was […]

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Ag-Preservation Tax Reform Dies in Legislative Session

Overhaul of farmland preservation tax break dies without a hearing by Linda Blackford, 4.7.16, Kentucky.com Legislation aimed at limiting Kentucky’s agricultural preservation tax break to working farms died without a hearing in this year’s legislative session, but discussion of the issue will continue, officials said Thursday morning. “We have just begun the conversation,” said David […]

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New Mixed-Use Development Slated for Main Street

Main Street building at former A1A bar site to include business, condos by Janet Patton, 4.5.16, Kentucky.com The defunct A1A Sandbar on Main Street has been sold for $1.2 million to a developer who plans to tear it down and build in its place a five-story mixed-use building. Developer Jeff Morgan wants to have a […]

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