Two high profile projects in downtown Lexington are impacting parking. Work is underway on a convention center expansion while the Town Branch Park will also be developed in that same area. Members of Main Street Baptist Church have been meeting with city officials for months about parking concerns.
Lexington Council Member Bill Farmer, who serves on the Lexington Center Board, says it has been approached by a representative of the Mary Todd Lincoln House. “It’s a $200 million-plus project and the average construction draw each month is going to about $6 million. There’s going to be a lot of money spent out these folk’s backdoor. We want to make sure people keep coming in the front door,” said Farmer.
Farmer said the demolition of the nearby Jefferson Street Bridge, as part of these projects, is about two-thirds complete. Built in the early 1800’s, the Mary Todd Lincoln House is the childhood home of the wife of America’s 16th president Abraham Lincoln.