Fayette County

Public meeting about $30M Fayette County Courthouse renovation

A rendering of the updated courthouse.
A rendering of the updated courthouse. K. Norman Berry Associates and Deborah Berke Partners

The public can learn more about a nearly $30 million renovation of the former Fayette County courthouse at a meeting Wednesday at noon in the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion in Cheapside Park at 215 West Main Street.

That meeting will give the public an opportunity to see renderings of the proposed renovation and review and comment on an environmental remediation plan for the courthouse. People are invited to stop by the 5th/3rd Pavilion adjacent to the courthouse to view the plans and ask questions from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Lexington received money from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection to address numerous environmental concerns in the former courthouse. Those environmental issues include lead-based paint, mold and asbestos.

The courthouse has been shuttered since 2012. Environmental remediation should begin this summer followed by exterior renovations.

The city hopes renovations on the interior will be completed sometime in 2018.

Possible tenants for the renovated space include a Ouita Michel restaurant, VisitLex, the city’s convention and visitor’s bureau, and the Breeders’ Cup. The top floor of the courthouse, which was opened in 1900, will be used as event space for weddings and other events.

Beth Musgrave: 859-231-3205, @HLCityhall

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