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Old Russell Elementary School Transformed Into Multi-Purpose Center


LEXINGTON, Ky. - An old school building in Lexington’s East End is back open as a multi-purpose facility for early childhood development, senior citizens apartments, and neighborhood services.

The Russell School Community Services Center was dedicated Monday at 520 Toner Street. The seven year project was a collaboration between the Community Action Council and the Urban League of Lexington.

“Russell Elementary was closed  in 2003. Two years later the Urban League and the Community Action Council purchased it with the help of Central Bank with a commitment to the community,” says Urban League President P.G. Peeples.

Peeples says the $6.7 million center would not have been possible without coordinated funding from the federal, state, and local level, along with private dollars.

The Russell School was once for African American children and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.