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!
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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 says 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.
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.
Original Development Plan 8x11.
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Park Plaza apartment building to get $2 million renovation
Park Plaza apartment building in downtown Lexington, Friday August 31, 2012. The Lexington Public Library is at left and Phoenix Park is in the foreground. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff HERALD-LEADER
The Park Plaza apartment building in downtown Lexington will begin a $2 million renovation Tuesday that will add 5,000 square feet of first floor space suitable for retail establishments and a restaurant.
This additional space will come by enclosing a 20-feet building overhang that extends over a concrete walkway around the front of the 21-story building at 102 East Main Street.
"It's now a walkway to nothing," owner Dennis Anderson, a Lexington developer, told a Herald-Leader reporter Friday. He declined to name restaurants interested in the space.
Other changes scheduled for the largest apartment building in the center of downtown will be a new entrance on the Main Street side, three penthouses, eight apartments, a new fitness room and an outdoor hot tub. A 5-foot wide sidewalk will be installed around the building, with new lighting and exterior signage.
An elevator for the exclusive use of residents has been installed on the back of Park Plaza, with access from the public library's parking garage. This will give residents direct access from the parking garage to their own floor.
"Now when we have groceries, we have to park in the garage, unload our groceries, take the elevator down to the first floor, go through the lobby and get the elevator to our floor," said Joan Lyons, an 11-year resident. "This will make it so much better."
The building's lobby will be tripled in size and become a space where residents can watch television and socialize. Architect Rebecca Burnworth with Albert + Burnworth Architecture said Anderson's idea for the lobby design "was to really foster a sense of community among residents."
A hallmark of Anderson's projects, such as Meadowthorpe's Townley Center and University Village near the University of Kentucky, is designing space that "deliberately helps people connect and creates a sense of community," he said. "Social interaction contributes to the happiness of residents, and that's good business for us."
Lauren Holman, a former resident who now is the leasing agent for Park Plaza, said residents have a monthly potluck supper, Halloween and Fourth of July parties.
"Residents are so excited about the renovation," she said.
With businesses moving into downtown, Anderson said he wanted to update his building, to give it "a shot of energy."
Other developments by Anderson, a licensed pharmacist, include McConnells Trace, Still Meadows and Cottages of Laclede.
Park Plaza, built in the mid-1980's by former Gov. Wallace Wilkinson, has 201 units.
Anderson bought the building eight years ago and immediately did $1 million in upgrades.
"The AC didn't work. The hallways were dirty. We couldn't get a management staff that wanted to come down here because of the condition of the building," Anderson said. About every 10 years a building needs refurbishing, he said.
Rent in Park Plaza ranges from $900 to $1,900 a month. Occupancy rate is over 97 percent with only three units currently available, he said.
Anderson described the mix of tenants as "Noah's ark" with university students, young professionals, retired couples and physically disabled individuals.
Lyons, 82, moved in after her husband died because it was a safe environment. But the apartment building also has become like a neighborhood. She likes to shop downtown at Shorty's Urban Market and Shorty's Cellar wine shop on West Short Street.
"Most of us know each other. Most of us have dogs and the dogs know each other," Lyons said.
Beverly Fortune: (859) 231-3251.Twitter: @BFortune2010
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