Council Approves Zoning Change For Hotel On Southland Drive

Nov 28, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Following a marathon 6 hour meeting on Tuesday the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council has approved a zone change allowing a four-story hotel to be built behind the Denny’s Restaurant near Southland Drive and Nicholasville Road. 

Credit asianhospitality.com

The decision counters a recommendation from the city’s planning commission which originally rejected the proposal.

The Lexington Herald Leader reports About 75 people took turns speaking either for or against the zone change. 

Those in favor of the development said it would bring jobs and more economic activity to the Southland Drive corridor. 

Those against the development said it would lead to declining property values; cause noise, lighting and traffic problems; and bring transients to the area.

The zone change clears the way for the construction of a proposed Hampton Inn primarily intended to house visitors to three nearby medical facilities — University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, Central Baptist Hospital and the Veterans Administration Medical Center facility off Cooper Drive.