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The Fayette Alliance Urges Southland Christian to be Creative in Redeveloping Lex Mall Site

If Southland Christian Church buys the Lexington Mall property, the former Dillard's department store, center, would be renovated, the one-story portion of the mall, right, would be demolished, and a 2,800-seat auditorium would be built.? The Richmond Road site would be the church's second satellite campus. | Kentucky.com

If Southland Christian Church buys the Lexington Mall property, the former Dillard's department store, center, would be renovated, the one-story portion of the mall, right, would be demolished, and a 2,800-seat auditorium would be built. The Richmond Road site would be the church's second satellite campus. | Kentucky.com

Southland Christian Church is in the process of purchasing the abandoned 32-acre Lexington Mall site, and aims to build a satellite church campus on the property for $30 million. The mall is currently zoned “Business” B-6P, which allows church uses. Initial development plans include demolishing the one-story portion of the mall, and in its place building a 2,800 seat auditorium; renovating the two-story Dillard’s building; and creating a greenspace with a water feature.

The Fayette Alliance appreciates Southland Christian’s investment in the blighted property, and urges them to be imaginative in redeveloping the mall. Specifically, the Alliance hopes that the storm water facilities, on-site parking, public greenspace, multi-modal transportation opportunities, and any potential retail uses will be creatively addressed moving forward. Click here to read more.

If done, Southland Christian’s project could be a win-win for the community–by improving a significant piece of property along one of the city’s most visible thoroughfares, while also satisfying Lexington’s desire to be a national leader in sustainable and green development.

We look forward to working with Southland Christian Church and the community at-large to discuss the site’s potential. We’ll keep you posted here at fayettealliance.com.

What would you like to see on the Church campus? Tell us here.

For more information on Lexington’s abandoned mall properties and the Fayette Alliance’s in-fill guidelines see below,

The Fayette Alliance conceptually supports the use of a vacant land commission and “blight tax” to facilitate the appropriate redevelopment of abandoned and underutilized properties inside Lexington’s city limits. Click here for more details.

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