Monthly meetings to revisit East End Small Area Plan
By Jessi Fehrenbach
In 2007, the Lexington Fayette Urban County Council hired a group of consultants to create a neighborhood development plan for the city’s East End, a historically black neighborhood located between Elm Tree Lane and Winchester Road, and running from Main Street up to Loudon Ave.
A key component in creating the East End plan involved hearing from residents of the neighborhood itself. There was a block-party-style kick-off rally and a “community visioning workshop” for citizens to voice their concerns, hopes, and dreams for the future of the area. There were update meetings, door-to-door flyers, church and school outreach, news articles.
Two years later in 2009, the Council would adopt what became known as the East End Small Area Plan. The plan, which aims to meet and reflect the needs and concerns of the community residing in the East End, acts as a blueprint for both private and public developments to follow. Though not a legally binding document, it identifies thirteen goals intended to guide the area’s redevelopment: