City Of Lexington Won't Support Plan For Homeless Shelter On Price Road

Reported by: Tom Kenny
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Updated: 10/11/2013 7:31 pm
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray said Friday that the city will not support a plan to turn the Lorillard Lofts on Price Road into a homeless shelter.

Ginny Ramsey, director of the Catholic Action Center and the Community Inn, organizations with no connection to the city, proposed turning the lofts into a "Wayfinder Center," which would offer shelter and an array of services to the homeless.

Ramsey said it would cost approximately $5 million to purchase the property and $1.6 million to rehabilitate it.

The proposal was met with opposition from many people who live near the lofts on Price Road.

“My staff met with Ms. Ramsey again today to let her know that, after serious consideration, we can’t support the Lorillard project,” Gray said, who said in the past few weeks the idea has been explored in public meetings, meetings with Ginny and in discussions with councilmembers.

“The project doesn’t have the ingredients to make it successful and there’s no feasible plan for the city to consider… the property does not have appropriate zoning; neighbors have serious concerns and questions that have not been addressed; it’s an aggressive and expensive concept with unidentified ongoing expenses; and there are no signed commitments for major funding or program support from community partners, which are essential to making it a reality," Gray said.
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