By Ralph Derickson
The "College-Town Concept" should have a beneficial
impact on homes and buildings near UK, like the ones
of this plan is a great step forward that could be
very beneficial to the university, downtown and, of
course, to the entire community. I commend Dr. Todd
for his vision."
Mayor Pam Miller
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5, 2002 (Lexington, Ky.) --
Lexington and the University of Kentucky have entered
into a joint venture to develop a "College-Town Concept"
for an area of the city bordering the UK campus. The
plan would be a blueprint for how the area should
develop and how the character of the existing neighborhoods
can be preserved and enhanced.
includes several city blocks bordered by Rose and
Limestone, Euclid and High streets. The plan will
encompass both sides of those streets. In announcing
the joint venture, Lexington Mayor Pam Miller congratulated
UK for the interest it has taken in downtown.
Lexington's downtown are next-door neighbors, but
we've never had a joint planning process," Mayor Miller
said. "Development of this plan is a great step forward
that could be very beneficial to the university, downtown
and, of course, to the entire community. I commend
Dr. Todd for his vision."
Lee T. Todd Jr. said he had seen the "College-Town
Concept" in Boston, Mass., where his daughter went
to college, and recognized it as a concept that would
be very suitable to Lexington and UK.
development will cement the ever improving town-gown
relationship between UK and Lexington and will bring
a new, more robust economic interaction between the
city's businessmen and businesswomen and the campus
population of students, faculty and staff," he said.
said she plans to ask the Lexington-Fayette Urban
County Council to approve a contract with the Baltimore,
Md., firm of Ayers/Saint/Gross Architects and Planners
to develop the plan. The $200,000 cost would be shared
equally by UK and the city. Development of the plan
would take approximately six months.
is in the process of helping the University of Kentucky
update its comprehensive development plan that has
not been revised since 1991. Eric Moss, a principal
in Ayers/Saint/Gross, and Dhiru Thadani, director
of the company's Town Planning Studio, attended today's
announcement to discuss the company and its work.
Ayers/Saint/Gross has created similar College-Town
concepts for the University of Georgia in Athens,
Ga., and the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill. The company is in the process of creating College
Town Development Plans for the University of Notre
Dame/South Bend and Case Western Reserve University
in Cleveland, Ohio. The Ayers/Saint/Gross work on
a comprehensive development plan for the University
of Kentucky is expected to be completed this fall.
Miller and President Todd emphasized that UK's work
on its own comprehensive plan includes city participation
on an advisory board that includes Bob Wiseman, executive
aide to the Mayor. And the work on the city's plans
for such developments as the Newtown Pike corridor,
improvements at Rupp Arena and review of downtown
development includes UK participation.
senior vice president for administration, represents
UK on the Newtown Pike Corridor group. David Mohney,
dean of UK's College of Architecture, and President
Todd are on the new Downtown Authority.
planning process will be presented to the Town Gown
Commission, which includes representatives from UK,
the city and neighborhoods, in February.
also will explore the possibility that federal agencies
such as Housing and Urban Development and others will
be willing to provide grants to further develop the
College-Town Concept, Mayor Miler said.
Todd noted that Town/Gown relationships are the subject
of a series of seminars starting next week on the
UK campus. Sponsored by the Gaines Center for the
Humanities, the three seminars will examine "Town
Gown Relations in Lexington."
to President Todd, who will speak at the Feb. 21 seminar,
other speakers in the series include Michael J. Morand,
associate vice president of Yale University for New
Haven and State Affairs (Feb.7) and David Scobey,
associate professor at the University of Michigan
and director of the Arts of Citizenship Program (Feb.14).
Center Director Dan Rowland said the seminars are
open to the public, but the available space for each
session has already been filled).