The city said it would request $200,000 in federal grants to address environmental concerns at the Main Street building.
Click here to see its application for a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Brownfield Program Clean Up Grant.
The program awards money to be used to clean up and reuse underutilized sites.
The courthouse was built for Fayette County’s courts in 1898.
The courts moved in 2002 to new buildings on Limestone Street.
The change freed up the historic courthouse to be used by the Lexington History Museum, the Lexington Public Safety Museum and the Kentucky Renaissance Pharmacy Museum.
But the building was closed in 2012 because of environmental concerns.
The city said it would host a public meeting Dec. 1 to accept comments on the grant application.
The meeting at the Phoenix Building at 101 East Vine Street was scheduled to start at 5:30p.m.
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