The Dixie Furniture smokestack will begin to be dismantled as early as Monday, December 17th. It is cost prohibitive to taxpayers to attempt to save it. A crane has arrived today that will be used to assist in grinding the smokestack down, forever changing the historical landscape.
One of the largest fires in Lexington history occurred a year ago. Click HERE for more details on the Dixie Furniture fire.
Significant demolition has been taking place over the last few months to clean up the mounds of brick and twisted metal that once was Dixie Furniture.
City officials remain empathetic that this change in the Dixie Furniture plant landscape can stir emotions. However, something positive will emerge from this extraordinary challenge. Mayor Newell Clark points out that Lexington is resilient and plans to revitalize the Depot District area are still on track. The redeveloping space Goose and the Monkey Brew House is underway. The 'Candy Factory' building behind the amphitheater intended for mixed use development also has interest. No current businesses, including Bull City Ciderworks in the Depot District, were damaged by the fire.