Lexington apartment denies shelter to concert-goers, offers charitable donations

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Daniel Isenstein said what he saw Friday night doesn't represent the Lexington he knows. Instead, he said his family and several others were turned away from an apartment building while trying to seek shelter from a storm.

Isenstein said he and his friends and family were looking forward to some music from Ben Sollee at the Phoenix Fridays concert in Phoenix Park. As they made their way downtown, though, a strong storm rolled in.

"It was really scary because the thunder was really loud and the lightning was really bright and scary," said Lucy White, a young friend of the Isensteins.

Isenstein said they and several others headed to the awning at the entrance to Park Plaza Apartments, but soon found out they weren't welcome.

"Employees were trying to keep the people from congregating underneath the doors and basically wanting people to go out into the storm during the heart of that storm," Isenstein said.

Eventually, they said police came to tell them they had to ask them to move.

"It wasn't the type of Lexington I'm accustomed to growing up in," he said.

Anderson Communities, which owns Park Plaza released a statement saying they don't endorse the actions taken by their staff and that the events don't represent how they feel about their fellow Kentuckians. They also said, to make up for the incident, they'd donate $100 to any charity for each person who could attest that they'd been denied shelter between 7:00 and 9:00 Friday evening.

The statement reads: "It has come to our attention that a number of attendees of the Phoenix Fridays concert may have received less than hospitable treatment from Park Plaza Apartments staff when a particularly strong storm moved through the downtown area on the evening of August 22nd

First we would like the public to know that our company does not endorse the decisions or actions taken by our staff at that time, and that staff at Park Plaza and other Anderson Communities properties will soon receive specific policy guidelines concerning citizens who seek temporary shelter from weather conditions that pose an immediate risk to health and safety, so that incidents like this do not recur.

Additionally, those who can attest that they are among those (or are the guardian of a minor) who were personally denied shelter at the Park Plaza Apartments between 7:00 and 9:00 PM on August 22nd, Anderson Communities will donate $100 per person to the charity of their choice. Those wanting to take advantage of this offer can contact Chris Wray at chris@andersoncommunities.com or 859-271-4663. This offer will expire at midnight, August 31, 2014.

Anderson Communities has had a demonstrated commitment to strengthening the communities of central Kentucky for over two decades, and wants the public to understand that the events of August 22nd are not representative of how we regard our fellow Kentuckians."

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