Urban County Council member Diane Lawless has proposed revising the city's addressing ordinance to allow half-numbers and house addresses not in sequence for historically or culturally significant properties in Lexington.
Lawless has many older neighborhoods in her 5th District. In the Kenwick neighborhood, residents in the first block of Richmond Avenue are upset because the city's office of enhanced 911 has told them that 48 of their addresses must change.
According to a city ordinance, houses can't have fractional addresses or single-digit numbers. Several on Richmond Avenue do. In addition, the law says all house numbers must be in sequence, but Richmond Avenue has a gap where street numbers jump from 44 to 180.
Director of 911 David Lucas said since council must approve all address changes, council could simply vote down changing addresses on Richmond Avenue.
A contingent of Richmond Avenue homeowners attended the Planning and Public Works Committee meeting on Tuesday and spoke in favor of Lawless's revision. The committee voted to keep the proposed change in committee for another month in order to get additional information before sending it on to the full council for a vote.