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Latest Lexington city hall bid rejected by council

Josh James

Lexington’s Urban County Council has given a thumbs down to the latest bid to build a new city hall.

The proposal called for what’s known as a P3 project – that’s public-private partnership – in order to construct a new city hall, but Mayor Linda Gorton said the council agreed that it would not “ultimately be in the best interest of the government.”

The effort to find a better fit for city hall has spanned decades, with mayors and city councils unable to reach a consensus on what to do. That’s despite a general agreement that the more than century-old building that houses the government center is not – in its current form anyway – suitable as a permanent home going forward.

Regarding this latest rejected proposal, Mayor Gorton said the numbers simply didn’t add up, given the demands on city revenue, and the city will continue to look at other options.

Gorton began her second term as mayor confident that her administration could finally find a solution to the issue.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.