It is fantastic that 21c, the hotel and art museum concept so successfully pioneered in Louisville, is coming to the heart of downtown Lexington.
The project announced this week hits almost every positive note one can imagine for downtown revitalization.
It will reuse an historic building and bring a $38 million investment, 150 post-construction jobs and a unique, urbane presence to the downtown scene.
The announcement comes at an important time for Lexington and its downtown.
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The recent work of the Rupp Arena Arts and Entertainment District Task Force and of the master planner it hired, Gary Bates, has created excitement about a revitalized downtown.
In the last few years downtown has also gained a couple of lively dining districts along Jefferson and Short streets, two small grocery stores and a lot of quality living spaces.
This world-class hotel museum will add to the growing dynamism.
While downtown is the focus, this is will benefit the entire community. An attractive urban core is critical to economic growth and to protecting our irreplaceable Bluegrass farmland. So, a warm welcome to 21c.