USDA Making $78 Million Investement in Local & Regional Food Systems

USDA Announces $78 Million Available for Local Food Enterprises Press Release, 5.08.14, USDA Office of Communications WASHINGTON, May 8, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is making a historic $78 million investment in local and regional food systems, including food hubs, farmers markets, aggregation and processing facilities, distribution services, and other […]

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New CentrePointe Designs Presented to Courthouse Area Design Review Board

  New CentrePointe designs include five more floors for apartment building by Beth Musgrave, 5.6.14, Developers of the long-anticipated CentrePointe development have submitted new designs for the downtown project that include five additional floors on an apartment building. New designs for the development, which includes an office tower, a hotel and other retail space, […]

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New Circle Cyclist Draws Attention to Affordable Transportation Issues

Transportation costs are rising, which puts strain on the budgets of many low-moderate income families. This woman’s plight highlights our community’s need for reliable, comprehensive, and affordable transportation options. Woman biking daily to Lexington on U.S. 27 ticketed three times for reckless driving by Greg Kocher, 5.01.14, NICHOLASVILLE — Some 43,000 motor vehicles travel […]

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Canada Develops New Model for Public/Private Development Partnerships

Many of the public/private partnership issues with funding development in Lexington are issues the international community faces as well. Canada’s new model for development, known as the P3 Model, is one way to “[bundle] long-term maintenance, including performance criteria, with the more typical design, build, and finance arrangements optimizes the “whole of life” (or life […]

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City’s Financial Plan for Rupp Released

City officials release financial plan for Rupp project; renovations will top $350 million by Beth Musgrave, 4.25.14, The total cost of a renovated Rupp Arena and downtown convention center will top $350 million, according to a financial plan for the project. Construction and design costs account for $302 million of the $351 million price […]

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Council Schedules Rupp Hearing for June

After questions swirl about Rupp renovation, Lexington council schedules June hearing by Beth Musgrave, 4.22.14, Lexington’s Urban County Council voted Tuesday to hold a hearing in June on a proposed redesign of Rupp Arena and attached convention center after many questions about the project surfaced during Tuesday’s council meetings. Tuesday was the first day […]

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A Clear Plan Will Make It Easier to Acquire Affordable Housing Funds

Good steps on affordable housing; it’s easier to get dedicated funds with clear plan Op-Ed, 04.22.14, During the past few weeks, the push in Lexington to address the related issues of homelessness and affordable housing has moved into high gear. Mayor Jim Gray has proposed carving out $3.5 million in surplus funds from this […]

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Mixed-Use Project Near Thoroughbred Park Would Be Anchored by Parking Garage

New city parking garage expected to anchor mixed-use project near Thoroughbred Park by Justin Madden, 04.21.14, Approval of a new downtown parking garage will be a catalyst for a long-awaited mixed-use project at East Main and East Vine streets and Midland Avenue, a downtown developer said Monday. The parking garage, which will be built […]

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City Will Need to Step Up Game to Move Rupp Project Forward

City officials need to play offense to move Rupp project forward, observers say by Beth Musgrave and Linda Blackford, 4.19.14, The dream of a $310 million renovation to Rupp Arena and a new convention center could be delayed by another year. And after a contentious fight over funding for the project in Frankfort this […]

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Presentation on Homelessness and Affordable Housing Program Development

On April 15th, Planning Commissioner, Derek Paulsen, gave a presentation to the Planning Committee of Urban County Council on the next steps to developing a robust program on homelessness and affordable housing. Topics covered in the presentation include an overview of the Homelessness Fund and Affordable Housing Fund; proposed organization and coordination for these two […]

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