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Fri May 3, 2013
Pilot Program Aims To Give Food Trucks More Access Downtown
LEXINGTON, Ky. - A new pilot program has been formed to test the viability of food trucks in downtown Lexington.
A Food Truck Work Group was created in late January to hash out a compromise between food truck vendors and restaurant owners. Work group chair Shevawn Akers says the pilot program would allow food truck vendors access to metered parking spots between 7 AM and 10 PM on Limestone between Vine and Main, Vine between Broadway and Upper, and several other areas downtown.
"Restaurants still don't want them anywhere downtown, so they're not happy. Food trucks want to be everywhere downtown, so they're not happy. But it is a start. We can test it out. Restaurants can see how it impacts them. Food trucks can see what works, what doesn't work, and then we can reevaluate in six months," Akers says.
The proposal would require approval from the Lexington Parking Authority, as well as the Urban County Council. Akers says approval could come on May 23rd at the earliest or June 6th at the latest. The six month trial would begin following the date of passage.