New Lexington Shopping Center Gets Zoning Approval

Sep 18, 2013

Artist rendering of proposed retail development known as 'The Summit'
Artist rendering of proposed retail development known as 'The Summit'

LEXINGTON, Ky--By a unanimous vote, the Urban County Council has approved a zoning change that would allow construction to begin on ‘The Summit’, an upscale retail and residential development at the corner of Man O’ War and Nicholasville Road.

Before the vote, Hank Graddy, a lawyer for 'Don’t Overload Lexington' argued to the council that more information on the traffic impact was needed.  “The developer has not done what he’s required to do.  And it should not be considered by you and you should turn down the zoning request because you have been asked to approve it with an inadequate traffic study.”

Joseph VonSternburg lives in the area and spoke in favor of the development, which would create an economic impact of 153-million dollars during the construction phase alone.  “I think it would be a boon to Fayette County.  It should be something you should pass without reservation.”  Ron Winfield and his wife live one block away from the development site…they oppose the plans. “If this development is approved developers own traffic study projects an additional 20-thousand cars per day through this intersection.  This is on roads that are already severely overcrowded.”

The proposed project includes upscale shopping, parking garages, a hotel, condos and single family homes.  If plans are approved, businesses could be open by the fall of 2015.