12:19pm

Thu June 6, 2013
Lexington/Richmond

Proposed Budget Funds Better Signs for Lexington's Pedestrians

Hoping to better direct downtown pedestrians, Leadership Lexington is calling for better signs, and more of them.  Pastor Ron Edmondson, who speaks for the organization, predicts signage that specifically targets walkers could improve downtown business.

“Just as the mall uses a way finding system to make sure people don’t miss anything in the mall, our city needs this for our downtown area.  We believe this is an investment in downtown that will have immediate results as people stand downtown longer and discover all we have to offer,” said Edmondson.

Downtown Development Corporation Director Renee Jackson says the signs would point the way to Lexington’s bigger attractions.

“We’ve discussed internally that it would be first floor businesses and possibly larger, you know Rupp Arena is two block ahead type of things, but you can’t obviously list every business within a high rise,” said Jackson.

The mayor’s proposed budget includes 100-thousand dollars for sign maintenance and new signs.  Preliminary decisions on the spending plan are tentatively set for next week.