Downtown Living A quick stroll down tree-lined streets makes for a much more pleasant commute to work than sitting in tense traffic, as Sean Ebbit, a millennial downtown dweller has discovered. Ebbit is the owner of Bluegrass Tavern, a popular bourbon bar located on Cheapside. He says, “The best part of living downtown is not having to drive. I can walk to several bars, restaurants, the movie theatre, the bank and the gym. Downtown has a lot more going on than I originally thought. It’s not just a place to go for dinner and drinks on the weekends.
505 West Main | Photo by Paul Atkinson
At present, there are 20 picturesque parks and 85 acres of green and public spaces. And soon, this will be greatly expanded with the addition of Town Branch Commons, which will be made up of Town Branch Park, Town Branch Trail and all adjacent parks and pedestrian areas. According to lexingtonky.gov, “Town Branch Commons will be a strip of Bluegrass running through downtown Lexington.” The park and trail, which will link Town Branch Trail and the Legacy Trail, will include “continuous bike and walking paths and a lush green band through downtown.” Construction is set to start in 2019 and be completed by October 2021. “The Town Branch Commons Trail will increase our bike and walking scores, which is very attractive, especially to young millennials who don’t want to get in their car. And, it will attract new developments along its pathway,” says Sweeney. Holoubek adds, “Everything continues to skew favorably for downtown housing. It will become not just incrementally, but exponentially more desirable when Town Branch Commons gets put in. I’ve seen in city after city how retail and new housing sprouts along new bike paths.”
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