Historic Courthouse Cleanup Grant Application

Lexington is currently seeking public comments on a draft U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Brownfield Program clean-up grant application for the historic Fayette County Courthouse, 215 West Main Streeet. The EPA’s Brownfields Program provides funds communities can use to clean up and reuse underutilized sites. Lexington is requesting $200,000. If awarded, these federal funds will be used to help address environmental concerns identified at the Old Courthouse, including lead-based paint, mold, asbestos- containing materials and bird droppings. Addressing environmental concerns is one of the key steps needed to make the Old Courthouse usable again.

The draft application can be viewed on the web at www.Lexingtonky.gov/brownfields or at the Central Library, 140 East Main Street. A public meeting to accept comments on the application will be held at 5:30 p.m., Monday December 1st, in the third floor Phoenix Building conference room, 101 East Vine Street. Public comments can also be submitted electronically at brownfields@lexingtonky.gov.

The historic courthouse was constructed in 1898 to house the County’s courts. The courts moved to new courthouses on Limestone Street in 2002. Until it was closed in 2012 because of environmental concerns, the historic courthouse housed the Lexington History Museum, the Lexington Public Safety Museum and the Kentucky Renaissance Pharmacy Museum.

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