It by no means in reality stops; infrequently it slows and infrequently it is going at breakneck pace. But it’s all the time advancing.
What is that this unstoppable drive? It is the destruction of Lexington’s distinctive architectural heritage (whose loss of life is all the time attributed to “progress”). During the previous 50 years, it has incorporated over part of Woodward Heights just about instantaneously — and the whole business block catty-corner from the Old Courthouse. Much of the “lost” has been changed by means of new venues all of us profit from, considering of Rupp Arena, the Convention Center, and the soon-to-be Town Branch Park.
Also, more than a few person previous constructions just like the Ben Ali Theater downtown, Birch Nest out Old Frankfort Pike, the Thomas Watkins House previously on the nook of Virginia and South Broadway, and plenty of different mansions from previous eras akin to Mount Brilliant not exist aside from in reminiscence. And now Meadowcrest — till just lately at Winchester Road and I-75 — was once demolished simply this yr. (Built in 1931, this in the community designed gem didn’t even make it 100 years!) The one commonality used to justify destruction of those creative creations is, “It wasn’t economically feasible to rehabilitate.” This excuse it appears can’t be challenged since such demanding situations are infrequently a success.
Counteracting the “not economically feasible” excuse are gear like state and federal ancient tax credit which will yield as much as a 40% rehabilitation tax credit score if each are applied to rehab ancient homes. But the landlord will have to come to a decision to pursue that path. Sometimes known as being deserted for 20+ years, Meadowcrest was once bought virtually 23 years in the past by means of the present owner-developer. Thus, it was once no longer deserted; it was once owned and will have to had been maintained so it will had been adaptively reused as a part of no matter new construction is created at the belongings. Taking that manner would have equipped each a nod to the historical past of the development and will have added fascinating specialty to any construction.
Lexington continues to develop in inhabitants whilst the realm inside the native city carrier boundary (had to accommodate this building up) does no longer develop. This state of affairs will building up the chance worthwhile gem stones like Meadowcrest shall be razed to permit for brand new construction had to accommodate the increasing inhabitants. An resolution to making sure ancient gem stones live on this force exists.
Individual constructions that are living out of doors of an area ancient district will also be safe from demolition via deed restrictions, ancient overlays, landmark standing, and facade easements. Great examples of unmarried development protections are the AME Church on North Upper, and Helm Place on Bowman Mill Road. Both are safe from construction by means of distinctive feature in their native ancient landmark standing. That is as a result of their house owners made the verdict to make sure their constructions’ survival. While the landlord will have to start up the method, the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation can lend a hand.
If you are living in a space inside of Fayette County’s Urban Service Boundary unprotected by means of probably the most above strategies, we inspire you to research the mechanisms to be had to you to give protection to your community from the type of dramatic adjustments affecting Meadowcrest. The Blue Grass Trust is all the time able that will help you perceive your state of affairs
Bill Johnston is a member of the Community Education and Preservation Committee of The Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation. For additional information, touch Dr. Jonathan Coleman, Executive Director, at 859-253-0362