Ashland Park Neighborhood Designated Historic District

Jan 23, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Lexington’s Urban County Council has designated the Ashland Park neighborhood a historic district. The vote came after a nearly five-hour special hearing.

Credit lexingtonky.gov

In an 11-1 vote Tuesday night, the council opted to approve what’s called an H-1 zoning overlay for the area. Among those arguing in favor of the change was Tony Chamblin, a member of the Ashland Park Neighborhood Association.

"Without such protection, we would eventually lose parts of the neighborhood to encroachment by commercial entities or lose historically and culturally relevant structures to apartment buildings or structures out of character to the neighborhood," Chamblin argued.

But those opposing the designation cited concerns about the requirements placed on property owners, who must seek approval from city’s Board of Architectural Review to make major changes to the exterior of their homes. Opposition representative attorney Steven Vicroy said the historic designation could make buying insurance more difficult.

"I believe that the restrictions in this overlay zone can be onerous, especially in the event of a fire or other calamity that would cause severe damage to one of these properties," Vicroy said.

Ashland Park was originally part of Henry Clay’s 600 acre farm and has been on the National Register of Historic Places since the 1986.