Lexington Open 'Dog Pad'

Posted by ntomlinson on April 26, 2017

Dogs who call downtown Lexington home now have their own dog park.

The city of Lexington and Anderson Communities, which owns Park Plaza Apartments, partnered on the newly opened dog park in Phoenix Park, at the corner of Limestone and East Main streets. Park Plaza borders the park.

Anderson Communities provided the fencing. The city’s parks department contributed design services and will provide signs, said Monica Conrad, director of Lexington’s parks and recreation department. The dog area opened last week.

The city’s other popular dog parks are largely on the outskirts of Lexington, nestled in city parks such as Jacobson, Masterson Station, Wellington and Pleasant Ridge. As more people move downtown, so has the need for parks for its four-legged residents, Conrad said.

“The conversations started about a year ago,” Conrad said. “We got a lot of feedback from downtown residents who were looking for a place for their dogs.”

Park Plaza residents already use the grassy area as a place to let their dogs out. Conrad said Phoenix Park is technically not a dog park. It’s a dog pad, which is similar to the dog area at Pleasant Ridge Park, she said. It’s much, much smaller than the more surburban dog parks such as Masterson, which is 13 acres separated into two different paddocks.

“It’s much more common in large, urban areas,” Conrad said of the park’s design. It’s still large enough for people to allow their dogs off their leashes, she said.

The dog pad is part of a larger effort to make improvements to the city park. The city and several downtown groups including the Lexington Public Library have secured grant funding to make those improvements, Conrad said. The dog pad cost very little in city money because much of the design and signage has been done in-house, she said. 

For the full article and photos visit this web page: http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/counties/fayette-county/article146893544.html#storylink=cpy

 

 

 


We would like to extend a warm congratulations to our New Home Store and Harmony Homes for their epic win during July's Grand Tour of Homes here in Central Kentucky.

Our Majestic floor plan in Sutton Place in Georgetown won First Place in three categories - Best Floor Plan, Best Master Suite, and Best Interior Features. This four bedroom, two and a half bath home was packed with the very best features including two walk-in closets in the master suite, a two-story foyer, and a gas fireplace. Vinyl plank flooring extended throughout the entire first floor, and castled kitchen cabinets turned the already-expansive kitchen into the perfect space for entertaining family and friends.

We're so excited to see the progress that's taking place in Sutton Place, and we can't wait to see it grow in the future. Thank you to everyone involved in this amazing project!

 


Construction Underway for Creation Kingdom

Posted by on April 08, 2016

We're excited to announce that construction on the daycare in McConnell's Trace, Creation Kingdom, began this week! Framing is now up for Creation Kingdom.

The daycare services families with children ages 0-6 for everyday programs and children ages 6-12 for summer camps.

If you're interested in finding out if Creation Kingdom is the choice for you and your family, click here for more information!


2008 (March-December):

AIM president and coordinator Yvette Hurt initiates grant preparation and info gathering, meeting with representatives of partners, including Lextran administrators Rocky Burke and Jared Forte, LexArts, Lexington MPO, potential neighborhood/business partners, and:

  • Writes grant narrative, air quality description, budget, budget supporting documents, operations plan and project schedule, evidence of community support/community need, description of events held in support of project, summary of in-kind contributions and maintenance plan.
  • Works with Lextran consultant to develop air quality analysis.
  • Commissions architectural drawings of potential art shelter design for inclusion in grant application.
  • Obtains letters of support from partners Lextran and LexArts.

MPO employee/AIM board member Joseph David leads effort to identify 8 possible art shelter locations based on a variety of criteria from over 900 possible locations.

  • Grant funding is requested for the construction of a number of art shelters. The final number constructed would be based on the amount of additional funds AIM secured from other public/private partners to supplement the federal grant and 20 percent local contribution required from grant recipient, Lextran.  AIM and partners agree that five shelters are the most the budget can support, but 8 locations are taken through the state categorical exclusion/approval process to ensure AIM has at least 5 viable locations, with no infrastructure or adjacent landowner impediments.
  • David develops GPS location maps for each potential site.

1/12/09                 Hurt compiles, copies, binds and submits 6 copies of the 120-page grant packet to Lexington-Fayette MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization). (David provides copies of GPS location maps and Lextran route maps.)

2/27/09:              Lexington MPO issues letter to KYTC ranking Fayette County projects.  Art in Motion smART shelter project is ranked no 2 out of 13 projects.

2/28/09:             Grant packets are delivered to KYTC by Lexington MPO

8/13/09:              Lextran is awarded $150,000 for Art in Motion smART Shelter Project. Under grant program, only municipalities or administrative arms of municipalities (such as a transit authority) can receive funds.  AIM is listed as grant partner.  CMAQ is a reimbursement grant:  Lextran must hire contractor through public bidding approved by state, pay for construction directly, then seek reimbursement from federal/state account awarded to project.

This is the first time a CMAQ grant is awarded for a project involving the construction of art shelters.

11/12/09:           Lextran/AIM staff required to attend CMAQ implementation workshop in Frankfort and begin KYTC/DOT approval process.  Hurt and David attend on behalf of AIM and Lexington-Fayette MPO.

January 2010:    AIM is advised by KYTC that because the CMAQ grant funds have been allocated for construction only, AIM must hold contests for designs before going through the full KYTC/federal approval process.

An initial round of two shelter projects (Southland Drive and Leestown Road) are chosen based on ready partners (Good Foods Co-op, shopping center owner Sandy Levy, Hill-n-Dale Neighborhood Association, Southland Association, Meadowthorpe and Townley Park neighborhood associations, Dennis Anderson) who contribute funds and resources, including cash for design contest prizes.

Hurt administers the deposit of prize funds into AIM account held by fiscal sponsor.

5/23/10:              Hurt notifies all grant partners, LFUCG council members and neighborhood partners in writing about final CMAQ shelter potential locations.  David notifies MPO and handles internal LFUCG coordination.

Leestown Road stakeholder process and design contest  (See design contest document on this webpage):

Jan-Sep 2010:    AIM president and coordinator Hurt schedules and coordinates meetings with partners and stakeholders to begin process of putting together a jury, partnering with Anderson Communities CEO Dennis Anderson who offers to donate connecting sidewalk and provides meeting space for entire stakeholder/jury process.

  • Hurt cautions all stakeholders (in person and through email) that because of federal funding statutes and regulations, the CMAQ process will be long and will not proceed on a schedule like Art in Motion’s previous shelter projects that used local funding.

6/2/2010:           Councilperson Tom Blues secures $2000.00 design prize from partner neighborhood associations, Meadowthorpe NA and Townley Park HOA, and from council district funds.

Sept 2010-Aug 2011:                                             

Hurt convenes stakeholders, provides a draft design contest document and schedules/facilitates all meetings to revise and incorporate design and aesthetic elements stakeholders want in a neighborhood art shelter.

Jury is made up of community and neighborhood stakeholders: Dennis Anderson,Sheila FoyJune Salyer, district councilperson Tom Blues, Lextran representativeJill Barnett, LexArts representative Nathan Zammaron and Joseph David, MPO member and AIM board member.

9/26/11:              Hurt publishes final Leestown Road design call on AIM website and other arts/architectural websites, including LexArt’s website, and releases press release to media.

  • Hurt receives, logs in and makes copies of all design submissions.
  • The total budget advertised in the design contest call is $30,000 and the call clearly states that the project, as designed and budgeted, must comply with all requirements of the CMAQ program, including all bonding requirements, statutes and regulations, including federal wage rates that must be paid to contractors and subcontractors.

September-December 2011:

Hurt schedules and facilitates all jury meetings to consider designs.  Jury chooses 3 finalists and Hurt schedules in-person presentations by each group of designers for the jury.

12/7/11:              Hurt sends out media press release about finalists chosen

12/9/11;              Jury chooses winning entry “ChimneyStop” by Ryan Hargrove, Justin Menke, Chad Riddle, and Martin Steffan.

12/11/11:           Hurt notifies applicants of jury’s decision and $2000.00 prize is awarded

 Southland Drive stakeholder process and design contest (See design contest document on this webpage):

5/26/10:            Southland Drive stakeholders are contacted and invited to be part of process:  shopping center owner Sanford Levy, Good Foods General Manager Dan Arnett, Good Foods public relations Danielle Dove, Hill-n-Dale neighborhood president Janet Cabiness, Southland Association reps, Joseph David, AIM board member and Lexington MPO employee and Lextran.   Good Foods Market and Caféalso provides meeting space for all stakeholder/jury meetings.

  • Hurt cautions all stakeholders (in person and through email) that because of federal funding statutes and regulations, the CMAQ process will be long and will not proceed on a schedule like Art in Motion’s previous shelter projects that used local funding.
  • Hurt sends out draft design document and solicits stakeholder input about neighborhood and aesthetic elements they want to see in an art shelter to be located in front of Good Foods Co-op.
  • Partners Sanford Levy, Good Foods Co-op, Hill-n-Dale neighborhood association and Southland Association commit substantial resources: Sandy Levy donates land, Good Foods Co-op commits $7,000, Southland Association donates $2500 for the design prize, and Hill-n-Dale neighborhood rep Janet Cabiness applies for neighborhood matching grant.
  • Joseph David coordinates neighborhood matching grant, along with Sandy Levy and Janet Cabiness.
  • Hurt schedules and facilitates a series of meetings to develop final design contest document.
  • The total budget advertised in the design contest call is $45,000 and the call clearly states the project, as designed and budgeted, must comply with all requirements of the CMAQ program, including all bonding requirements, statutes and regulations, including federal wage rates that must be paid to contractors and subcontractors.

9/26/11:              Hurt publishes final Southland design call on AIM website and other arts/architectural websites, including LexArt’s website, and releases press release to media.  Joseph David provides GPS location map.

11/4/11:              Design contest closes:

  • Hurt receives and logs in all submissions.
  • Hurt notifies all contest participants of receipt of submissions and jury schedule.
  • Hurt copies submissions for review by jury.

October-December 21, 2011:

Hurt schedules and facilitates series of meetings of jury to consider submitted designs. Hurt notifies finalists and schedules in-person presentations by finalists and coordinates written follow-up questions from jury and answers from designers.

Southland Jury: Sanford Levy, architect Galina Stumbor, Lextran’s Jill Barnett, LexArts’ Nathan Zammaron, Co-op’s Dan Arnett and Danielle DoveLori Houlihan of Mayor Gray’s office,  AIM board member John Lackey and Lexington MPO employee and AIM board member Joseph David.

12/6/11 Southland jury chooses 3 finalists and Hurt notifies all designers.

12/19/11 Hurt schedules in-person presentations by three finalists

12/21/11 Hurt schedules follow-up meeting of jury; jury reduces finalists to two and requests follow-up information

Hurt requests follow-up information from both finalists with due date of 1/16/12.

1/20/12 Jury meets and chooses John Darko/PRP design as winning entry.

1/31/12 Hurt sends out press release announcing both winners in CMAQ contests

Pohl, Rosa, Pohl receives $2,500 design prize at John Darko’s request.

October 2012-July 2013: 

Right of way is needed from landowner for placement of art shelter.  KYTC want to do a donation deed, but landowner doesn’t wish to donate outright. Hurt negotiates with KYTC for an easement instead.  Hurt drafts easement, landowner signs and KYTC approves.

January 2012:    Hurt begins the process of obtaining final project approval through KYTC in Frankfort and local district office.

Hurt prepares permitting information including PDC and LDRC for District 7 with input from David and Lextran staff.

January 2012:    As part of state approval process, winning designers are required to submit final detailed construction documents.  (KYTC requires AIM to include both projects in one proposal for purposes of KYTC/DOT approval process.)

9/19/12               Lextran board passes resolution accepting award of CMAQ funds.

11/29/12:            Adam Wiseman of Pohl, Rosa, Pohl submits final construction documents to AIM for submission to KYTC for approval.

  • The proposal can now go through final approval process at KYTC.  (Both shelter projects must be approved and publicly bid as one project.)

February 2012-2013: Hurt drafts, compiles and submits all documents required for approval of the project by KYTC/DOT through multiple stages of review, including:

  • 53-page proposal with 23 attachments setting out all federal, state, local laws (as well as requirements particular to Lextran) for federally funded projects
  • All required documentation relating to design contests, design specifications and material lists, bid bond requirements, anticipated bid schedule
  • Project Development Checklist (PDC) and Local Design Review Checklist (LDRC) with assistance from Joseph David, Lextran and District Office
  • Joseph David provides location maps and encroachment/siting info and coordination

5/7/13:                As part of approval process, KYTC requires an independent engineer’s assessment of cost for both projects:

  • Hurt hires Lexington engineering firm to do an independent cost assessment of both projects.
  • The assessments find the following, which includes the costs of complying with all federal laws, paying federal wage rates and placing required surety bonds:
    • Industrial Oasis: $76,000
    • ChimneyStop: $87,000
  • These estimates are for the actual costs of building the structures and do not include the costs of trash cans, bike racks, solar infrastructure, getting electricity to the site, or any added percentage for unknown impediments that might arise during construction.
  • Hurt obtains additional structural details required by KYTC for ChimneyStop design.

9/24/13:              Hurt submits final, complete proposal to KYTC for state and federal approval and preparation of contract between KYTC and Lextran.

December 2013: Executed state/federal contract.  Hurt works with Lextran purchasing officer to prepare bid advertisement and bid schedule.

1/6/14:                Invitation for bids (IFB) for Southland/Leestown projects publicly advertised by Lextran.

1/16/14:              Lextran purchasing officer facilitates pre-bid meeting with potential bidders to answer questions about IFB and applicable laws and regulations.  Hurt represents AIM and each designer sends a representative.  Three potential bidders attend.

3/19/14:              21 firms download the IFB but Lextran receives no bids.  Lextran purchasing officer requests feedback from firms and primary concern is the number of surety bonds required (required on all projects using federal funds), the complexity of bidding on two different, individually designed custom structures with artistic elements, and the burden of meeting all federal and state laws and regulations imposed by the grant.

5/26/14:             Lextran issues second Invitation for Bids after Hurt obtains approval from KYTC and new bid schedule is prepared by Hurt.

 6/5/14:               Pre-bid meeting for second public Invitation for Bids.  Lextran purchasing officer facilitates.  Hurt attends on behalf of AIM to answer questions and David attends to provide information about coordination of Southland design with solar/pervious pavement/raingarden project and connecting sidewalk at Leestown Road.

7/1/14:                Lextran receives 4 bids as follows:

Meyer Midwest, Inc.
Shelter No. 1 – Southland Drive – $129,296.00
Shelter No. 2 – Leestown Road – $156,080.00
Total bid – $285,376.00

Marrillia Design & Construction
Shelter No. 1 – Southland – $101,600.00
Shelter No. 2 – $97,000.00
Total bid – $198,600.00

Prajna Design & Construction Inc.
Shelter No. 1 – Southland – $146,955.00
Shelter No. 2 – Leestown – $137,740.00
Total bid – $284,695.00

Dalton Built Homes
Shelter No 1 – Southland – $129,800.00
Shelter No. 2 – Leestown – $112,500.00
Total bid – $242,300.00
**This bid is not responsive and is not eligible for consideration. Required forms were not included and bidder is not certified with KY Transportation Cabinet.

7/1/14-7/22/14:

Hurt and Lextran purchasing officer submit competitive bid documents and other required post-bid information to KYTC

7/21/14:              Lextran awards construction contract for Art in Motion smART Shelter Project to lowest bidder Marrillia Construction, as required by law.

7/23/14:              Lextran/AIM receives Notice to Proceed. Lextran enters into construction contract with Marrillia, both projects to be completed by 8/25/15.

January 2014-2015:

  • Joseph David does extensive coordination with designers and shopping center owner Sanford Levy to ensure Industrial Oasis design meshes with stormwater/raingarden/pervious pavement project headed by Levy.
  • David develops and coordinates plan for solar system at Industrial Oasis.
  • Artist John Darko donates substantial in-kind resources to Industrial Oasis through the process of meticulously sculpting the branch-like structure that is the focal point of the shelter and working closely with both the design firm and the construction firm to incorporate the sculpture into the structure.
  • Hurt schedules pre-construction coordination meeting for Marrillia with artist John Darko, designer Adam Wiseman of PRP, shopping center owner Sandy Levy and Joseph David on 7/22/14.
  • Hurt schedules pre-construction coordination meeting for Marrillia with ChimneyStop designer Ryan Hargrove, Anderson Communities representatives, council member Tom Blues and Joseph David to coordinate the tie-in of connecting sidewalk being donated by Anderson Communities.
  • Hurt sends/responds to over 1200 emails regarding CMAQ project and prepares/revises over 220 separate documents during course of grant application/proposal/IFB drafting and revisions while providing coordination through phone calls and in-person meetings and facilitation of stakeholder groups and design contests.

Because of inclement weather, construction is delayed.  Lextran enters into contract extension with Marrillia.

New completion date for both shelters: 11/25/15


Work underway for Amerson Orchard development

Posted by on December 31, 2015

By Jerry Boggs Georgetown News-Graphic

Heavy machinery built a towering mountain of dirt near the corner of McClelland Circle and Lemons Mill Road in Georgetown. 

It is the first step in what a Lexington developer says will be a decade-long project that will change the way some Scott Countians live, shop and interact with one another. 

The site preparation got under way this fall for the first phase of Amerson Orchard, the latest project by developer Dennis Anderson of Anderson Communities. The final vision for the project will be community-within-a-community with a mixture of apartments, houses, shops and restaurants. In all, 486 new dwellings will be built on the site.  

The template for the development is Anderson’s recently completed Townley Center, which is located on 54 acres on Leestown Road in Lexington. 

The idea behind the Townley Center, and now Amerson Orchard, has changed the way Anderson’s company does business. And it’s a concept he believes could be revolutionary. 

“I used to help people find homes,” he said. “We would ask them, ‘Where do you want to live?’ They would always say, ‘A two- to three-bedroom brick house on a big yard.’ 

However, those same people would often purchase homes which were a far cry from that ideal. 

“We were asking the wrong question,” Anderson said. “We need to ask them, ‘What’s the neatest place you’ve lived?’

“When we started asking the right question, we found out it was about neighbors. It was about activities. It was about nature trails,” he continued. “So we figured out we need to build what people want, not what they think they want.”

So the mixed-use communities were born. In fact, Anderson even changed the name of his business from Anderson Development to Anderson Communities to reflect the new vision. 

“We had been helping people buy houses, not build communities,” he said. “I think we’re the only ones that get it. I know that sounds a little bit arrogant, but it works. It works.”

The project currently under way will see the construction of more than 300 one- and two-bedroom apartments with a fitness center, swimming pool and clubhouse. He said the company hopes to begin leasing apartments “this next summer.”

Scott County’s growth was among the factors which made Anderson launch this project. 

“The economic growth, the average salaries,” in Scott County played a role, Anderson said. “There is good wage growth there. People are making good money. 

“We think it was underserved as far as rental opportunities go, so we feel like we’re meting a community need. That’s why we’re pushing the apartments out first.”

The next phase of the project will be along Pleasant View Drive, the community’s commercial center. 

“We will have food, shops, coffee, nail salons, things of that nature,” he said. 

And those shops will be connected to the housing structures via sidewalks to promote walkability within the community. 

Pleasant View Drive will also extend from McCelland Circle at the current entrance to Lemons Mill Elementary School all the way back to Harmony Ridge subdivision. 

“The road will allow Harmony Ridge residents to get directly to the bypass,” said Scott County Planning Office director Joe Kane. “It will eventually go all the way to Lisle Road, but right now, it’s just connecting to Harmony Ridge.”

Anderson’s company is also developing the nearby Sutton Place subdivision on Lemons Mill Road,  Kane said. 

Another entrance to Amerson Orchard will be constructed off Lemons Mill Road with developers agreeing to construct a turn lane on northbound Lemons Mill to avoid “stacking” as cars wait to turn into the development. 

Extending Pleasant View Drive to Harmony Ridge and adding a turning lane on Lemons Mill should ultimately help alleviate traffic congestion as the area grows, Kane said. 

There is also the possibility the state will add a traffic signal at the McClelland Circle entrance.

“It has to warrant a light before the state will approve one,” he said. “There will be a light there eventually. That’s something we would like to see.”

An additional road will be built around the perimeter of the property, allowing access to the school.

The businesses Anderson described are permitted within the mixed-zoning approved by city officials in 2010. 

“They can’t be big-box stores,” Kane said. “The zone is community commercial. That zoning was created to promote more walkable type commercial development with sidewalks and smaller-scale buildings.”

Additionally, Anderson will construct a segment of what officials hope is a northern extension to Lexington’s Legacy Trail. 

“He will construct it as he builds up the area,” Kane said. “It doesn’t connect to anything now, but the hope is to connect to Fayette County through the Horse Park. On the outside of the bypass is the route that was tentatively chosen. Then it will go over to the Elkhorn Creek and follow the creek to Cardome. 

The trail, sidewalks and shops all play an integral role in building the “community” feel Anderson seeks.

“It’s more social [than other housing developments]” he said, “and we think that is part of what today’s homes are missing. 

“You can meet your neighbors at the gym, you can meet them on the trail, you can meet them in your front yard. And being able to control your contact time is so important. You don’t have to go over and bang on the neighbor’s door not knowing how long you’ll stay or how long they want you to stay.”

There will be few changes made from the template created by the Townley Center, he said. 

“I can’t think of anything where we said, ‘Dang, I wish we had done it another way,’” he said. “We do focus groups with the residents and I just talked to some neighbors the other day. They’re still happy. It’s been well received.”

There will be some minor alterations, however,  

“We are making the apartments a little bit bigger,” he said. “We are putting more thought into kitchens and more thought into closets and how the storage is designed, and making the living rooms bigger,” he said. 

The Townley Center template has been a successful one. The development, located at the corner of Leestown and New Circle roads, won then-Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry’s community of the year award, was a Lexington homebuilders’ project of the year, won a Kentucky Homebuilders design award and a Bluegrass Tomorrow Vision Award, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. 

It’s also “up for a national award,” Anderson said. 

All the buildings will adhere to similar design and architectural standards, adding to the community feel, he said. Additionally, the entire development will likely be placed under the same landscaping contract. The residences will be maintenance-free from that standpoint, he said. 

“Lawn care, snow removal, those things will be provided,” Anderson said. “You can go to Florida and no one will ever know you’re gone. Everything will be maintained.”

When the development was proposed, there was some pushback from within the community. The planning commission split 4-4 on whether to recommend the zone change be approved or denied. Then, the zone change passed with two votes in favor after three council members abstained for business/ethical reasons and two abstained due to a lack of recommendation from the planning commission.  

Anderson is optimistic the development will be well received in the end.

“I don’t believe they have anything like it out there,” he said. “I think the residents of Scott County will embrace it.

“There are a whole lot of nice things going on.”

Jerry Boggs can be reached at jboggs@news-graphic.com.


Auto-parts factory will bring 54 jobs to Midway Station; most of industrially zoned land still available

STATE PRESS RELEASE follows; Midway Mayor Grayson Vandegrift says the exact location of the factory will depend on geotechnical work recently ordered by the Woodford County Economic Development Authority, which owns the property. EDA Chair John Soper said, "The geo-tech is in on all 80 acres and all of it is suitable for construction, therefore, geotechnical is not an issue on any of the I-1 [industrially zoned] land. The company will most likely purchase 12-15 acres and may option up to an additional like amount. The total I-1 available was 80 acres. Remember this is not a done deal yet. This was a very significant starting point and I fully expect it will go forward; however, till a purchase contract is signed we won’t take anything for granted and will continue to assist AHK in making a very important decision not only for them but for Midway and Woodford County." 

Bowling Green-based American Howa Kentucky Inc. (AHK), a manufacturer of interior products for the automotive industry, will create 54 full-time jobs through an investment of more than $13.1 million in a new facility in Midway, Gov. Steve Beshear announced today.
 
“The automotive industry is a major factor in the success of Kentucky’s economy,” Gov. Beshear said. “With that, so too are the automotive suppliers who ensure the industry thrives in the Commonwealth. Auto manufacturers and suppliers contribute more than $6 billion in payroll to Kentucky workers annually. With announcements like American Howa Kentucky’s, we know that figure will continue to climb.”
 
The construction of a 60,000-square-foot facility in Midway Station Industrial Park will allow AHK to supply the nearby Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky facility in Georgetown with headliners for the Toyota Camry.
 
“We are grateful and excited to announce that American Howa Kentucky will build a manufacturing plant in the industrial park at Midway,” said Hirosato Nanami, president of American Howa Kentucky. “We chose the Midway site due to the commitment from state and local officials and incentives which made Midway the obvious choice.”
 
AHK currently operates one Kentucky facility in Bowling Green, employing 179 full-time workers. That facility produces dash insulators, sunshades, headliners and other automotive interior products.
 
The company announced that facility in 2007 and expanded it in late 2008, adding 24 jobs, and grew it again in 2011, adding 86 jobs and 56,000 square feet to the 138,000-square-foot facility.
 
The Bowling Green facility already plays a role in Kentucky’s automotive-related success.
 
In 2014, approximately 20 percent of Kentucky’s announced new investment and new jobs came from motor vehicle-related products. The Commonwealth is home to more than 470 automotive facilities employing nearly 86,000 people. While automotive jobs have declined by 26 percent nationally since 1990, Kentucky’s automotive workforce has grown by 72 percent.
 
“I welcome American Howa Kentucky to Midway and the economic impact that it will have on the area and the state,” said Sen. Julian M. Carroll, of Frankfort. “We have a skilled and dedicated workforce ready to fill the new jobs the company will create. I look forward to their success well into the future.”
 
“American Howa Kentucky is a great addition to Midway and offers an exciting opportunity with 54 new full-time jobs,” said Rep. James Kay, of Versailles. “The company has already seen great success in the Commonwealth and I look forward to seeing its growth continue with this new location.”
 
“On behalf of our city, I am pleased to welcome American Howa Kentucky to Midway, Kentucky,” said Midway Mayor Grayson Vandegrift. “We are very appreciative of the confidence that they’ve shown in our workforce and business community. We appreciate the Cabinet for Economic Development’s assistance in expediting this project and look forward to a long-term corporate relationship with AHK.”
 
“This is a great day for the citizens of Woodford County, and we welcome American Howa Kentucky to our corporate family,” said Woodford County Judge-Executive John Coyle. “This project will bring needed manufacturing jobs to our community and tax base which allows us to better serve our citizens. Thank you Gov. Beshear, Cabinet for Economic Development and Woodford EDA, who guided this project through completion.”
 
To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $900,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the agreement term.
 
Additionally, AHK was preliminarily approved by KEDFA for $300,000 in tax incentives through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act (KEIA). KEIA allows approved companies to recoup Kentucky sales and use tax on construction costs, building fixtures, equipment used in research and development and electronic processing equipment.
 
American Howa Kentucky also is eligible to receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies are eligible to receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives. Last year, the Kentucky Skills Network trained more than 84,000 employees from more than 5,600 Kentucky companies.

McConnell’s Trace Neighborhood to receive Early Educational/ Daycare Center and Clubhouse
Groundbreaking

WKYT at McConnell's Trace Groundbreaking

Lexington, KY, October 12, 2015 – Anderson Communities, a Central Kentucky Developer, announces the ground breaking for a neighborhood clubhouse and recreation facility & Creation Kingdom’s Early Childhood Education Center at 2935 Trailwood Lane in the McConnell’s Trace Neighborhood.

Dennis Anderson, owner and CEO of Anderson Communities said, “The addition of the clubhouse and early childhood education center will help Anderson Communities achieve its goal of building community-centric neighborhoods.  This exciting project will bring new resources for McConnell’s Trace residents, further adding to the vibrancy of life in the neighborhood.  Friends and neighbors will have  a beautiful meeting space, pool and fitness center, and parents will have convenient child care close to home.”

Creation Kingdom will provide families in and around McConnell’s Trace with a place for children to thrive in a safe, friendly and empowering environment.  The new clubhouse will make McConnell’s Trace a premier Lexington address.

Anderson Communities is a developer of mixed use communities throughout Central Kentucky.  Anderson Communities works toward creating a better lifestyle, leading to “Good Time & Great Living!

 

To watch WKYT's reporting on the new development please click this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGYuQe_MABg


Neighborhood weighing zone change, pool/daycare addition

By: Rebecca Smith 
A piece of land in the McConnellPublic hearing
The conditional use hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. July 31 in council chambers, located downtown at 200 East Main Street.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT)- The Leestown Road area near Masterson Station and McConnell's Trace has already seen a lot of change recently with an ongoing road widening project. Now, even more change could be coming to the McConnell's Trace neighborhood.
The Lexington neighborhood is considering a major addition that its developer Amderson Communities McConnells Trace Mapsays will increase property values.
A spot of land located at Trailwood Lane and White Oak Trace, which is now straddled by single-family homes, could be the site of a new pool, fitness center and daycare.
Annie Turner's backyard looks out on the property, which is now green space.
"They did tell me that it wasn't going to be built on at all; that was one of the good things about this house," said Turner.
"Where we're building it has never been permanent green space,” said Developer Dennis Anderson. “It's always been scheduled for apartments and town homes."
Anderson thinks sprinkling businesses and homes together is a win for the neighborhood.
"We're putting more the lifestyle into McConnell's Trace,” he said. “There's going to be learning, there's going to be socializing, there's going to be swimming and working out."
Some neighbors are in favor of the new additions and have confidence because of Mr. Anderson’s involvement.
"He's done a good job with the neighborhood. It's a good use for the property," Rubin said.
It's called a mixed-use neighborhood, similar to another one of Anderson's creations, Townley Center, which is right down Leestown Rd. from McConnell's Trace.
The difference is, Townley is rental and McConnell's Trace is a mix of renters and home owners.

 

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While some neighbors are concerned with the traffic and noise, Anderson contends the addition of the pool, fitness center, clubhouse and daycare will increase property values.
"Where neighbors become friends we give them areas we can meet their neighbor."
The conditional use hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. July 31 in council chambers, located downtown at 200 East Main Street. That hearing is open to the public and feedback is being considered from residents.
The cost to use the pool for residents of the neighborhood will be $1 per day, according to Anderson.
He also says the daycare will be open to anyone, with neighborhood residents getting preference.
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Getting it right the first time is how we are able to keep our residents and in turn they refer more residents and the cycle continues. Getting it right the first time begins with the first conversation with a new home consultant and continues with maintenance, management and property up-keep. 

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We have lived here for three years and have just renewed our lease for another year. We have had no problems here. No section 8 housing. Nice pool area. Friendly and helpful staff and management.Good, honest, maintenance techs. Read the reviews of other local complexes and you'll find a lot of horror stories. We wouldn't live anywhere else:)
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Park Hill Apartments