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Tue January 21, 2014
City Needs Input On Old Courthouse Cleanup
The city of Lexington is asking for public input about the ongoing environmental cleanup of the old Fayette County Courthouse.
The building has been shuttered since 2012 over lead-based paint, asbestos, and mold issues.
Tom Webb, Lexington Environmental Initiatives Program Manager, says the city is required to collect public comments in order to qualify for a $200,000 federal grant.
“There’s a possibility that we could receive some additional monies from the EPA for that purpose. The state also has a brownfields program and they may have some grant funds that could be available later in the year that we could apply for. So we are trying to do what we can to get the building cleaned up, to move the process along, and also save the local taxpayers’ funds,” Webb told WUKY.
Webb says the scope of the comments can range from dollars and cents issues, to aesthetics.
“They may have some knowledge about the historical past of the courthouse that they can chime in on. Really, what we are trying to do is tell a story about how important the courthouse is to the community. The EPA asks a lot of technical questions but they also want you to tell a story why it’s so important to our community to redevelop this particular piece of property.”