LEXINGTON, Ky. (1/8/2014)— Lexington is seeking public comments on a clean up grant application for the Old Fayette County Courthouse located at 215 West Main Street for submittal to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
EPA’s Brownfields Program provides funds to empower communities to clean up and reuse underutilized sites. Lexington is requesting $200,000 in fiscal year 2014 clean up grant funds. If awarded, these federal funds will be used to help address environmental concerns identified at the Old Courthouse to include lead-based paint, mold, asbestos-containing materials, and bird droppings. Addressing environmental concerns is one of the key efforts to making the Old Courthouse usable again.
The draft application can be viewed on the web beginning Friday, Jan. 10, at www.Lexingtonky.gov/brownfields or at the Central Library located at 140 East Main Street. A public meeting to accept comments on the application will be held Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in Room A of the Central Public Library.
The courthouse was constructed in 1898 and was used for a century for judicial proceedings. In recent years, it had housed the Lexington History Museum, the Lexington Public Safety Museum and the Kentucky Renaissance Pharmacy Museum. The building was closed in 2012 due to environmental concerns.
Information provided by Tom Webb
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