Town Branch Could Resurface in Lexington

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Updated: 11/23/2012 11:37 pm
     Not many may know that underneath Downtown Lexington's Vine Street flows the first source of water Lexington was founded on, Town Branch Creek.

     City developers are planning a major project that would make major changes to some of downtown's biggest attractions, including a project that would bring Town Branch back to the surface.

     The Downtown Development Authority says part of the major project that will renovate Rupp Arena and the convention center, could also include a two-mile long park system through downtown that will feature a the creek once again running through the city.

     Town Branch has flowed under Vine Street for much of the last 100 years. Originally the creek was moved underground as a way to prevent flooding within the city.

    The city has received a number of design concepts for the 'Town Branch Commons from firms across the globe. The Downtown Development Authority says they've narrowed down the list of concepts to five, which will be presented to the public in early 2013. From there a panel will choose which design the city will use and present their recommendation to the city government who will begin negotiating a master plan.

     There is no time table on the project or cost, since it's still in the preliminary stages, but city officials hope the entire redevelopment will be completed in another decade.
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