The City is actively improving the appearance and function of the community, with special emphasis on neighborhoods. Several interrelated initiatives are at work in this regard.
One role of the Office of Business and Community Development is to seek, obtain and administer grants to improve neighborhoods in partnership with the Lexington Homeownership Center. Recent successes include the revitalization of the Park Circle area in historic Erlanger Mill Village, redevelopment of the Tussey Street / Franklin Street / Burgess Street block, as well as rehabilitation or redevelopment of several foreclosed blighted properties scattered throughout the city.
Through this effort, the City has brought over $3 million of outside grant funds into our local economy while stabilizing neighborhoods. In addition to grant programs, the office also manages the Minimum Housing Code program to ensure safe and decent housing standards are met for residents, and coordinates the Blight Removal program to remove dilapidated houses.
The City of Lexington has procedures in place to ensure rights are protected and to promote fair housing.