Three Lexington projects are among 126 finalists to share $5 million in grants in the first Knight Cities Challenge, sponsored by the John L. and James S. Knight Foundation.
The projects were chosen from among 7,000 submissions by people in the 26 cities, including Lexington, where the Knight brothers once owned newspapers.
The Lexington finalists are:
■ "Fancy Lex," an event designed to inspire residents to become involved in the city while they enjoy food, music and local products. The idea was submitted by Abigail Shelton for the University of Kentucky's Citizen Kentucky Honors Class.
■ WorldWall, a giant, all-weather video wall that would allow two-way, real-time interaction between people in Lexington and people elsewhere in the world. The idea was submitted by Dave Anderson.
■ Northside Common Market, which would repurpose the old Southeast Greyhound Lines building at Loudon Avenue and North Limestone as a local fresh-food market and creative business incubator space for local "makers." The idea was submitted by Richard Young of North Limestone Community Development Corp.
The bus terminal, built in 1928, was bought by Lextran with the intent of demolishing it to make room for a new terminal. But Lextran changed plans in 2013 after a study determined the building was eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.
The Knight Cities Challenge is a grant program that the foundation operates with the intent to make the 26 cities "more vibrant places to live and work" by focusing on talent, opportunity and civic engagement. The winning projects will be announced in the spring. For more information, go to Knightcities.org.