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Lexington to spend nearly $1M on downtown project

Staff Report
Published Jan. 3, 2013

“Project Icehouse” could turn a section of Lexington into a hot spot for retail shops, restaurants and entertainment.

The Town Council has voted to spend $945,000 to buy property at the corner of Main and Church streets in downtown Lexington for redevelopment.

The parcels include Shireys on Main, which is a former furniture store at 101 W. Main St., plus adjacent properties at 103 and 105 W. Main St. Also purchased was the former Palmetto Propane and Ice Inc. facility at 111 S. Church St., and property at 113 S. Church St.

Plans call for the former Shireys on Main building to be remodeled and the area developed into a retail center featuring boutique retail and restaurants. Also, there are plans for an amphitheater, a plaza and a 1.1 mile trail for walking and jogging.

The trail will connect the Main at Church area to Virginia Hylton Park, Fort Street and Lexington United Methodist Church, according to the proposal.

The project is part of the town’s Vision Plan, which the council approved in May. The plan includes a list of several projects that already have been completed, according to Mayor Randy Halfacre.

“I am pleased to say we have already completed several first year projects including the opening of Lexington Square Park, reopening our farmers market at a new indoor location, launching our Main Street Facade program and our most recent event, the Snowball Festival, a perfect way to kick off the Christmas holiday season,” Halfacre wrote in his blog posted on the town’s website.