Downtown Demolition Underway

It's a sign of things to come. There is a new home being built for Lexington's farmers market and the demolition got underway on Tuesday afternoon.

Cheapside Park is undergoing an $18 million renovation.

On Tuesday, crews started the demolition of two fountains and some sidewalks in the area. After they are removed, new concrete will be poured to created a temporary home for the farmer's market.

Mayor Jim Newberry says the new site is safer and more accessible than the old location at Vine and Limestone.

Long term plans for Cheapside Park include a glass pavilion that will become the permanent home for the market.

City leaders were hoping to use federal stimulus money to pay for the $18 million project, but so far, it doesn’t appear that will be the case. Mayor Newberry says even if those funds don't come through, leaders will find some way to fund the improvements to downtown Lexington.

The mayor hopes to have the project finished by July of 2010.

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