A new development that will include senior apartments, town homes and more than 130 homes on Spurr Road got the green light on Thursday from a Lexington planning body.
The Urban County Planning Commission unanimously approved a series of zone changes for the Dennis Anderson and Anderson Communities Development for more than 40 acres at 2811 Spurr Road in the growing Masterson Station area on the city’s west side.
Richard Murphy, a lawyer for Anderson Communities, told the commission during Thursday’s meeting that the senior living apartments will meet a growing demand in Lexington. The plans call for 210 units in three, five-story senior apartment living complexes. The 25 town houses will be toward the front of the development, fronting Spurr Road. Behind the town homes there will be 131 single-family homes. Most will be three bedrooms with two-and-a-half baths.
“It will be similar to Townley Park,” Murphy said of another Anderson Development on Leestown Road. However, there will be no commercial development at the front of the party like Townley Park. The houses will have the garages in the rear with residents accessing their homes from an alley that will run behind the houses, which is similar to how the homes were built in Townley, Murphy said.
“It’s safer for pedestrians,” Murphy said. There will not be drive ways with cars backing out into the street.
The city’s planning staff had recommended approval of the zone changes.
Some residents in the Spurr Road area said they were concerned about traffic on the narrow road. The entrance to the development is on Spurr.
Karen Winn who lives on Spurr Road and owns land adjacent to the new development said research shows there is a very old cemetery on the site, possibly one of the oldest in Fayette County that could have slave graves in it. Winn said Anderson Communities should be required to either move those remains or fence off the area where the graveyard is.
Murphy said Anderson would do just that if a cemetery is found on the site.
“This is the first we have heard of it,” Murphy told the commission.
Winn said Spurr Road is old and narrow and can’t accommodate more traffic.
“My mailbox is knocked down four times a year,” Winn said. Winn said city ordinances also require a fence be constructed between agriculture land and neighborhood development. Her land is agriculture and she has horses on her property and would like a fence to be constructed.
Murphy said they would address the fence issue.
Others said they were concerned that such a large development would add more kids to already over-crowded elementary schools in that area.
But Murphy said with so much senior housing on the site, it’s unlikely the development would have too many school-aged children.
The zone changes must be approved by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council The council will likely not take a final vote on the zone changes until sometime after the first of the year.
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.
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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:
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.
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.
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 Foy, June 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 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.
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:
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 Dove, Lori 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.
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:
5/7/13: As part of approval process, KYTC requires an independent engineer’s assessment of cost for both projects:
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.
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.
Because of inclement weather, construction is delayed. Lextran enters into contract extension with Marrillia.
New completion date for both shelters: 11/25/15