Construction begins on Citation Boulevard Extension
Connects the Coldstream Research Campus with Commercial and Residential Real Estate Development in Lexington’s Northside
Citation Boulevard, a four-lane road that bisects the UK Coldstream Research Campus, will be extended 2.45 miles west from Jaggie Fox Way to Leestown Road at Alexandria Drive. The project will connect the Coldstream Research Campus to commercial developments along Mercer Road and Buck Lane, as well as both commercial and residential developments off Leestown Road. Construction is expect to be completed in December 2015.
According to the Lexington Herald Leader, construction crews have been clearing trees around Greendale Road, Buck Lane and Mercer Road to make way for Citation since June. The construction comes after years of rapid residential growth in the northwestern quadrant of the city, which was mostly farmland 15 to 20 years ago. City officials said they hoped the road extension would bring more retail businesses to the underserved area.
“Coldstream tenants frequently ask me when there will be more restaurant or retail store development in this part of town,”said George Ward, Executive Director of the Coldstream Research Campus. “The Citation extension is key to generating demand because restaurants typically look at population demographics in a three-mile radius. The Citation extension will provide easy access to Newtown Pike and Citation commercial lots to thousands of people living in single-family homes off Leestown Road.”
The first phase of Citation, connecting Newtown Pike to Georgetown Road, was completed in the late 1990s.