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City dedicates affordable-housing project

Sixty new apartments were officially opened on Tuesday in Twin Oaks Park, the new name for the former Bluegrass-Aspendale public housing complex, an 80-acre site on the east end of downtown Lexington.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, who helped Lexington receive the $20 million Hope VI grant in 2005 that made redevelopment of the Bluegrass-Aspendale possible, attended the ceremony.

“Everybody has a right to decent, safe sanitary housing,” said Austin Simms, executive director of the Lexington Housing Authority.

Tabitha Robinson received a symbolic key to her apartment from Mayor Jim Newberry who said the new housing will “help make a brighter future not only for the neighborhood, but for all of Lexington.”

“I appreciate (that) I was given a chance to live here,” said Robinson, who will live in a five-bedroom unit with her six children.

Lexington tried four times before obtaining the grant. The next two phases of the project will add 176 more units of rental housing. The third phase will provide 103 single-family homes that will be individually owned.

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