Flash Flood Warning expires at 10:30 PM on 7/23, issued at 7:45 PM Bethany, KY | Campton, KY | Cannel City, KY | Crockett, KY

Zone Change Gives Lexington Development Green Light

Contributor: Melanie Kendall
Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 9/18/2013 12:38 am

Despite neighbors concerns about traffic and congestion, Lexington is on track for a new, high-end living and shopping complex.

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council approved re-zoning plans Tuesday night for the former Fritz Farm at Nicholasville Road and Man O’ War Boulevard.  The unanimous vote came after hours of community questions and feedback.

The land, originally zoned for agriculture use, is now zoned for mix-use community.  This re-zoning paves the way for a new, village-style residential and retail development which will be called 'The Summit.'

“It will feature a new urban-development style that's almost like a mini Main Street USA.,” said Bill Lear, a lawyer for Bayer Properties, which is developing the property.

Some concerned neighbors have created the group 'Don’t Overload our Neighborhood with More Traffic.'  It is also referred to as 'DON’T' which can also stand for Don’t Overload Nicholasville Road with More Traffic.

DON’T isn’t opposed to developing the land.  The group wants to protect the nearby neighborhoods by preventing excess traffic on neighborhood roads and decreasing storm water drainage into the neighborhood.

“We agree this farm needs to be rezoned from an agriculture to a zone that will allow some development,” said Hank Graddy, a lawyer representing DON”T.  “We're concerned that this is way too intense.  One million square feet of residential and retail is too much for this location.”

Bayer Properties says it has already scaled back its plans from what the land was approved for according the city's comprehensive plan.

“No matter what goes on the property, there's going to be additional traffic.  It's 50 acres, everybody understands that.,” said Lear.  “What we've attempted to and what the traffic planners have agreed with us, we've attempted to minimize the impact on the neighborhood.”

Bayer Properties already has The Summit locations in Birmingham and Louisville.  It plans to be a community people can live, work and shop all within walking distance. 

No word yet on when the final development plans will go back to the planning commission for approval. Urban County Planning Commission unanimously voted 9-0 for the plans June 27th.

If all goes as planned, the development is expected to open in the Fall of 2015.  Planners say they are in serious discussions with a number of retailers but at this time, can’t say which ones would go into the complex. 

Share
Most Popular
Postal Facility In Lexington Scheduled To Be Closed In 2015
The U.S. Postal Service's processing and distribution center on Nandino Boulevard in Lexington is scheduled to be closed next year to save money, according to the USPS Website. Video Video
Interstate closes after bee-carrying truck crashes
Police say a semi flat-bed truck hauling beehives has crashed, causing eastbound Interstate 24 to close near the Kentucky-Tennessee state line at Clarksville, Tennessee.
2014 36 Blitz: Mason Co. Royals
A look at tradition in Maysville and what it means to this season's team. Video Video
Lincoln County Woman Abducted; Held For Ransom
Stanford Police are looking for a suspect who abducted a woman at gun point, and held her for ransom Video Video
Winchester Parents: We Need More Diversity In The Schools
Some Winchester parents hope their voices will be heard at the Clark County School board meeting, August 19th. They said there's not enough diversity among the staff. Video Video
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.

WTVQ.com supports children's privacy rights. All persons under the age of 13 MUST have parental permission to use this website and direct parental supervision is strongly recommended.