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The Fayette Alliance Supports Application for Brownfields Assessment Grant

Underdeveloped Lot

Underdeveloped Lot

In October 2009, LFUCG applied for $400,000 in federal funding to perform a community-wide brownfields assessment.  The Fayette Alliance endorsed LFUCG’s brownfield assessment grant application because it will improve Lexington’s quality of life potential. Please click here to view our statement of support. LFUCG received partial funding for the project.

With this financing, LFUCG will develop an inventory of underutilized and derelict properties in three areas of the city:

* The area along Newtown Pike between Main Street and 4th Street;
* Two sections of Manchester Street, including the Distillery District; and
* The area along Versailles Road between South Forbes Road and Robertson Street.

LFUCG will then specifically identify and complete an environmental assessment of brownfield properties in these sectors—providing the necessary groundwork and data for their potential redevelopment.

This effort may lead to the transformation of several tired and economically depressed areas to dynamic urban spaces—a timely opportunity, considering there are over 8,000 acres of blighted, underutilized, and vacant land inside Lexington’s Urban Services Area as identified by the LFUCG Division of Planning.