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Lexington Church Concerned About Effects of Downtown Redevelopment

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Members of a downtown Lexington church with a history that predates the Civil War continue to have concerns about how a major park project could impact their worship activities.  

Lexington officials have been meeting with members of Main Street Baptist church for weeks.  The much-discussed Town Branch Trail park project, coupled with construction of a new convention center, is expected to mean fewer parking spaces for the church. 

In the midst of this planning is the proposed demolition of the Jefferson Viaduct to make way for a new parking strategy that includes a parking garage.  

Council Members received an update Tuesday from project manager Brandi Peacher. 

“The timeline, of course is still to be determined as far as construction and how this all occurs,” said Peacher.  “We want to jointly create a plan with Main Street Baptist on what that construction timeline would be and what the communications strategy would be for that.”

Council Member Angela Evans says there hasn’t been as much give and take as she had hoped for.

Church elder Wayne Cornelius told council members there are still concerns about losing parking spots.  He says talks with government officials have gone well and he hopes for agreement on a final resolution.

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