Changes ahead for downtown Lexington

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A public forum set for Wednesday evening at the Lexington-Fayette Government Center will give the community a chance to see the plans in place for improving the downtown Lexington corridor.

The first of a four phase effort to improve numerous parts of downtown is set to begin later this fall. This first phase will focus on Cheapside Park and Main and Vine Streets between Broadway and Limestone.

The plans include improvements to sidewalks and streets as well as an open-air pavilion at Cheapside Park.

Downtown development officials have drawn inspiration from city centers throughout the country and around the world. They hope to make downtown Lexington a pedestrian-friendly destination that will also be aesthetically pleasing.

The cost of this first phase is estimated at $20 million with the total for all proposed improvements expected to be around $55 million.

The first phase of the project is expected to be completed in July of 2010.

Other proposed improvements for downtown include some two-way streets and a round-a-bout.

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