Lexington receives brownfields grant

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Lexington a $200,000 grant to assess abandoned or underused commercial properties.

Commonly called brownfields, those idled properties can complicate redevelopment because of environmental contamination.

The grant will be used to pay for site inspections to identify whether hazardous substances are present, and to develop cleanup plans for the properties, the city government said in a news release. The grant is similar to one that Lexington received in spring 2010 to assess brownfields for petroleum contamination. The latest grant allows assessments for petroleum and hazardous substances, according to the statement.

Landowners interested in having their properties considered for inspection under the voluntary program may contact Tom Webb at (859) 425-2808 or To learn more, go to