The Urban County Council approved a resolution on second reading Thursday night authorizing Lexington Mayor Jim Gray to move forward on leasing property on Georgetown Street that local health officials hope to turn into a clinic.
The building is at 913 Georgetown Street and currently houses several programs of the Community Action Council, which would have to move. The first reading of the lease occurred in mid-January but final approval had been put off as city and health officials tried to figure out how to cover Community Action's moving expenses. Jack Burch, executive director of Community Action, has estimated that moving costs could be as high as $367,000. The action Thursday did not address who would pay for that issue.
The issue of the lease is the latest hurdle for an $11.7 million federal grant for a health clinic to serve Fayette County's poor to be operated by HealthFirst of the Bluegrass.
Local health officials have long said the grant money, received as part of the federal stimulus package in September 2010, needs to be spent by this September.