Kentucky officials have reversed their plans to move Lexington's Probation and Parole Office from downtown to the Palomar neighborhood off Harrodsburg Road.
Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown announced the decision in a Friday afternoon news release.
"Upon reviewing the location of the facility that had been selected for the Lexington Probation and Parole office, I have determined that another site would yield a better outcome for both clients of this office, and the community. Therefore, we will not be moving into this location," the release said.
Brown has authorized the Division of Real Properties to search for a different location.
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WKYT-TV reported Wednesday that the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet had proposed to move the office from Main Street to Wellington Way due to the building deteriorating and the need for space.
But potential neighbors and business owners in the Palomar area had opposed the move.
Urban County Council's 10th District Councilwoman Amanda Bledsoe and state Rep. Stan Lee, R-Lexington, were among those who raised questions about the proposed move, WKYT reported.
On Friday, Lee released a statement thanking citizens who "called and e-mailed" expressing concerns about the relocation.
"I want to thank the countless number of people who called and e-mailed me since Monday expressing both their concerns, and also asking what they could do to help Lexington Councilwoman Amanda Bledsoe and myself as we urged the Justice Cabinet and Governor Beshear to not place a parole and probation center near the Palomar neighborhood. The fact that the Cabinet has agreed to move the center to another location is a prime example of how government should work for the people that elect our leaders."