Groundbreaking is the first step towards inclusive community

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A new apartment complex broke ground Tuesday in Lexington, but this isn’t a fancy, new luxury housing.

Fred Worsham is an owner of Winterwood incorporated, a family-owned real estate company.

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“My mother and I were sitting in a pool somewhere about 15 years ago, probably having cocktails, and we decided some crazy dream would be to build an apartment complex of some sort for people living with HIV/AIDS,” Worsham said.

That dream is becoming a reality for medically vulnerable populations in Lexington.

“People can’t get better without a roof over their head. Whether that be people living with HIV/AIDS, or diabetes, or cancer. So just to give them hope, that they don’t have to worry about if they’re going to stay warm if they’re going to stay cool. That makes my family very proud,” Worsham said.

The 26-unit low-income community residence will serve a variety of people including racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ individuals,  the elderly, homeless, people with chronic health conditions, and more.

And AVOL Kentucky, which works to end HIV in the Commonwealth will have an office there for testing.

Executive Director Jon Parker says the project’s name is significant to AVOL, not only because it brings to mind the drive through the countryside in Kentucky with stone fences everywhere but also an important time in history.

“It also reflects back to an important date in the 1960s at the stonewall inn in new york city. A very important event of it speaks to AVOL all the time,” Parker said.

He says the 1969 Stonewall Riots are inspiration for social justice, inclusion, and creating a safe space for people to thrive.

He says Stonewall Terrace will live up to the wise words, “There is no place like home.”