College-Town Design Wins National Award

Contact: Ralph Derickson

Photo of aerial view of Lexington with UK in background
Aerial View of College Town

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“Everyone at UK, Ayers Saint Gross, and the Lexington Downtown Development Authority who worked on the College-Town concept should take justifiable pride in this award. It is very gratifying when our efforts are recognized at the national level as a significant contribution to new urbanism.

-- Lee T. Todd Jr.,
president,
University of Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 13, 2004) -- Lexington ’s College-Town design for an urban development project recently won a national award.

The design, a collaboration between the University of Kentucky, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, and the Lexington Downtown Development Authority, is a product of the Ayers Saint Gross urban design planner firm with offices in Baltimore, Md., and Washington, D.C. It outlines the potential future development of an area between downtown Lexington and the UK campus, an area bounded by Maxwell, Rose, and Upper streets and the Avenue of Champions ( Euclid Avenue).

The Lexington Downtown Development Authority (LDDA) recently announced that the Lexington Kentucky College-Town Study won the 2004 Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) Charter Award in the “Neighborhood, District, and Corridor” category.

“The College-Town plan has been very beneficial to everyone concerned and now that we've won a national award, we realize it will help not just downtown Lexington and UK, but the entire urban design community,” said Harold Tate, LDDA president and executive director. “This is a plan that works and we all look forward to unveiling a downtown master plan by the same company, Ayers Saint Gross that is expected to be completed in a year.”

“Everyone at UK, Ayers Saint Gross, and the Lexington Downtown Development Authority who worked on the College-Town concept should take justifiable pride in this award,” said UK President Lee T. Todd Jr. “It is very gratifying when our efforts are recognized at the national level as a significant contribution to new urbanism.

“As this area begins to take on the look and feel envisioned in the College-Town design,” Todd said, “the importance of Lexington and UK working together in a cooperative manner will be even more appreciated.”

Todd said he has similar expectations for the “Walk to Work” initiative being undertaken by Lexington, LHDD, Samaritan Hospital, and the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) department.

“The cultural and economic impacts of both these joint local ventures will be felt by many generations to come,” Todd said.

CNU, which granted a total of 10 national awards in three categories, was founded in 1993 and advocates restructuring public policy and development practices to support restoration of existing urban centers and towns within coherent metropolitan regions. CNU is headquartered in Chicago, Ill.

The LDDA is working with developers and property owners to implement the College-Town Study and with Ayers Saint Gross to create a similar development study for downtown Lexington.

A copy of the Lexington Kentucky College-Town Study is available from the LDDA Web site. The study is located under the page captioned “Development Opportunities.”


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