Fayette County

City announces water-quality grants

Grants totaling more than $1.2 million were announced Friday to improve Lexington's storm-water quality. Recipients were local schools, businesses and neighborhood groups.

Projects include installation of permeable pavement, stream restoration, and building rain gardens, wetlands and a green roof. Funding also went to several education projects in neighborhoods and schools, and for a television campaign.

One project is an 8,000-square-foot green roof planted with various kinds of drought-resistant sedum to be designed and installed on an existing building owned by the Klausing Group, a landscape design firm off Old Frankfort Pike.

Owner Roscoe Klausing said that more than half of the $321,576 grant will be used for the design and installation of the garden. He expects that the roof will be installed in about one year.

The firm also will replace a 1,100-square-foot asphalt parking lot with permeable pavers and upgrade a 7,100-square-foot parking lot with permeable pavement to reduce and filter storm-water runoff.

Other recipients included AIE Properties and Ross Tarrant Architects, $109,000; Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, $189,000; Community Montessori School, $107,000; Clays Mill Elementary School, $57,000, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass, $201,285.

Money for the grant comes from the city's storm-water quality fee.

Also receiving grants were WLEX Communications, the University of Kentucky Research Foundation, Transylvania University, Henry Clay High School, Rosa Parks Elementary School, Good Foods Market and Café and The Trane Company. Neighborhoods receiving grants were Autumn Ridge, Gainesway, Eastland Parkway and Southern Heights.