Downtown Lexington Management District begins cleanup

Published: Sep. 12, 2016 at 3:43 PM EDT
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There's going to be a lot more purple in downtown Lexington over the next five years. These people in purple shirts are the ambassadors of the Downtown Lexington Management District.

"We'll be working each block trying to detail it and just enhance what is already a beautiful city," operations manager David Warren said.

Warren is one of eight ambassadors tasked with keeping downtown Lexington clean. The district is operating on a five-year contract with the city. That means they only have five years to prove they belong, or else the city won't renew their contract.

"It runs from Rupp Arena all the way up to Midland Avenue, North Upper to Gratz Park and just the other side of High Street," Downtown Lexington Management District chairman James Frazier said.

Frazier says with only five years to work, and a limited budget of just over $400,000 (int he first year), he's confident the district can accomplish a lot.

"To drive down to work this morning and see those purple shirts out there with the brooms and the dust pans and the scrapers, it was pretty neat," he said. "I think that everybody on the board is excited and hopefully the public will get on board and realize that we're here to do some good and they'll help us."

If you have any question, concerns or suggestions for the Downtown Lexington Management District, the public is invited to an open forum on September 21st at 6:00 in the Urban County Council chambers.