Fayette County

Downtown mission plans new building

A "symbolic groundbreaking" was held Friday for an expansion of the Lighthouse Ministries mission on Elm Tree Lane.

Steve Polston, chairman of the board that oversees the mission, said it now feeds 750 people a week and runs a drug- and alcohol-rehabilitation program for 25 men at a time, and is running out of room. The new building will cost $1 million, and about $200,000 has been raised, Polston said.

Construction will begin after the $300,000 mark is reached, he said. Last year, the mission paid $200,000 for a building next door to the current site. That building has been torn down to make way for the new Lighthouse, which Polston said would triple or quadruple the current capacity.

University of Kentucky Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart was the featured speaker at the ceremony.