11:54am

Fri May 11, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Newtown Pike Extension Impact

An extensive revitalization project in downtown Lexington will mean improvements to a well known community center.  Plans continue for the extension of Newtown Pike through the Davis Bottoms community.  The development of the roadway is still a few years away.  But some change has already come to the area.  City engineer Andrew Grunwald  says improvements will be made to the Carver Center.

“We had to take down the historic freight depot..that sat at the corner of Bolivar and South Broadway..I should say we didn’t take it down…it had to be taken down..in order for the new road to tie directly into Bolivar..as a result of that the state historic preservation office wanted the project to rehab a historic structure,” said Grunwald.

Grunwald says one point four million dollars will be spent to upgrade the Carver Center.

“The main work is gonna be on physically stabilizing the building, new windows, new doors, new roof, new HVAC system….mainly structural elements to ensure the building doesn’t decay,” added Grunwald.

Grunwald says work on the Carver center could begin late this fall.   The entire area is slated for major revitalization including new housing and commercial entities.