City will issue building permit for new high school

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)-  The city says it plans to issue a building permit tomorrow for the new high school off Winchester Road, in the Hamburg area.

The city had issued a stop work order on August 12th after realizing that a plan review hadn’t been finished for the school. According to the city, traffic engineering had not yet approved the plan because it needed more information on how students would access the school.

Lexington’s Planning Commissioner Derek Paulsen says, "The focus of the building permit process is safety….That includes safety in driving to and from the building.”

But city officials say all of the issues were worked out today when they met with Fayette County Public Schools.

“We had a successful meeting with school representatives this afternoon, and we have general agreement on needed traffic improvements,” Paulsen said.

The city says capacity will be increased in the turn lane on Sir Barton Way onto Meeting Street. And it’s still looking at ways to improve access to the school.

The new high school, for up to 1800 students, is being built on 65-acres on Winchester Road. It’s scheduled to open in the fall of 2017.

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