Plan to reopen Julia R. Ewan stalls

A plan to reopen the old Julia R. Ewan School is on hold until next month after hitting a snag at Friday's Lexington Board of Adjustment meeting.

Creation Kingdom Fairway LLC wants to buy the school property at 350 Henry Clay Boulevard and reopen it as a childhood-development center, serving about 200 students, with the intention of adding a school there later. It's seeking a conditional-use permit for the project.

However, planning officials told Creation Kingdom Fairway that under city planning rules, it should establish the school first, then the childhood-development center.

After some discussion, Creation Kingdom chose to continue its conditional-use request until May 21 while it tries to adjust its plans.

The property had been listed for sale at $1.8 million. The purchase is contingent on getting a board of adjustment permit.

Creation Kingdom, whose owners describe it as a Christian-based operation, now runs four early childhood centers in Lexington and Georgetown, and it has a fifth under construction near Hamburg Place. Ewan would be its sixth and largest center, owner Dawn Tetzlaff said.

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