Lexington creates Neighborhoods in Transition task force

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The city of Lexington has created a new task force to help protect lower-income residents from the impact of neighborhood redevelopment and growth.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, Vice Mayor Steve Kay and Councilmember James Brown announced the creation of the Task Force on Neighborhoods in Transition on Thursday.

The group, made up of Urban County Councilmembers, city developers, planners, historians, residents and other community members, will meet monthly to discuss the topics of infill and redevelopment, preservation and gentrification.

“The Task Force will serve as a complement to the work of the Infill and Redevelopment Committee and the Affordable Housing Office as we address the challenges of growth within our finite boundaries,” Kay says. “We do not want to become a community where the people who provide our basic services are unable to afford to live here.”

Over the course of their work, Kay says the Task Force will work to identify existing resources, educate residents about homeownership and renting, foster relationships with residents and developers, identify ways to protect the history of communities, and develop policies or programs that support residents and neighborhoods.

“As a community focused on infill, local government has a responsibility to protect vulnerable residents and promote equity in our neighborhoods as they experience growth and redevelopment,” says Brown.

The Task Force will begin meeting in July, and will continue its work until it is ready to give a full report and make recommendations to the Urban County Council and other entities such as the Planning Commission.

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