Lexington's plan for new salt barn upsets people living near site

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington's plan to build a salt barn near a residential area is causing people living in that area to speak out.

At Tuesday night's work session of the Urban County Council the topic of the property where The Continental Inn used to be led to more than an hour of discussion.

"Who wants a salt barn at the entrance to your neighborhood?" council member Kevin Stinnett asked during the discussion.

Council members say the property, at the intersection of New Circle Road and Eastland parkway, would house a temporary salt barn. The city plans to build a permanent one in 2018 at a different location.

"I for one don't know how a salt barn could make it look any worse," council member Diane Lawless said.

In July the council passed a resolution authorizing the city to lease the property. Streets and Roads leaders say the barn must be in place by October 1st.

"Neighbors are furious, I mean who would want something like that at your front door," said Loys Mather who spoke at the session.

The outcry of people living near the property, such as Mather, led the council to reconsider the plan.

"It appears they really hadn't done due diligence, in my opinion, when looking at alternative sites before selecting this one," Mather said.

Council Member Chris Ford says the decision is now up to the city's administration. He believes they are looking at other locations that could serve as the city's second salt barn.

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