On Tuesday September 17, NoC editor Danny Mayer unveiled design plans for an urban commons across from LexTran. Organized under the theme #FreeLexTran, the plans represented an amalgam of ideas generated through the Mayor’s Challenge, a Lexington-based urban design challenge announced in March. Mayer was granted 5 minutes of time by his District 1 council member Chris Ford to show-and-tell the idea to city council and mayor. The following are the text and images of his power point presentation, lightly revised.
On April 25, LexTran officials, including General Manager Rocky Burke, met with community members at Luigart Studio to discuss the future of the Kitchen Planning Center building at 101 W. Loudon Avenue. Occupying much of the northwest corner of the intersection of N. Limestone and Loudon, LexTran owns the buildings on the corner and currently has its administrative headquarters at 109 W. Loudon. LexTran is considering plans for the vacant Kitchen edifice as well as the long warehouse behind it that runs along N. Limestone.
By Beth Connors-Manke
Having only recently moved to the north side, I walk around a lot, trying to get an eyeful of my new neighborhood. One place that has become central to my wandering to and fro is the intersection of North Limestone and Loudon. It’s an interesting place: small antique shops and towing companies hold their own against industrial-scaled buildings like the old brick Farmer’s and Builder’s Supply Company. There’s the railroad track on Lime south of the intersection, and there’s a big utility facility—all of this with houses surrounding it.
It’s “urban core” at it’s most urban: lower-income housing meets the grittiness of industrial development.
I appreciate that mixture, and I also value that this area of the city has the lowest rate of automobile ownership in Fayette County, according to the Central Sector Small Area Plan. Whether by choice or necessity, many northsiders benefit from bikable streets, walkable sidewalks, and the bus system. This side of town needed, in a most basic way, the tax referendum passed several years ago that kept LexTran afloat and eventually allowed the transit system to grow.