Amphitheater Complete - City celebrated its opening with Depot District Music Fest on April 8, 2017! Thanks to a generous donation from Breeden Insurance Services, the City has completed construction of a new outdoor entertainment venue located in the historic depot district of Uptown Lexington
To announce its opening, the City held Depot District Music Fest to celebrate community, music and the city’s full-steam-ahead progress toward the district’s revitalization.
The Vision - During the community visioning process for the District, citizens expressed a need for an amphitheater to accommodate performances in a permanent setting, which will support and encourage more cultural community events. The proximity to South Main Street and the natural slope exposed by demolishing buildings along East Third Avenue, revealed the perfect spot for an amphitheater. The Breedens hired local contractor LMI Builders Inc. to design and build the stage, paying respect to both the industrial (metal) and furniture (wooden) elements of historic furniture manufacturing on this site. The City was able to coordinate with Hedrick Grading, who was removing dirt from the nearby Lexington Utilities Complex construction project, to build-up and grade the lawn seating area with no additional hauling costs. Additional finishing touches such as permanent seating, sound equipment and lighting will occur over time.
An Invitation to Purchase Buildings and Redevelop. During the public visioning process, opinions were collected from citizens, affinity groups, boards and commissions, elected officials, and development professionals from across the country. All agreed that a microbrewery and amphitheater would be ideal complimentary uses to the passenger rail station and would serve as the anchor to attract activity to the district. With the tremendous success of Bull City Ciderworks, and recent completion of the new amphitheater, those two anchors are in place and the community is anxious to see additional buildings redeveloped. Other uses envisioned for the District include quality restaurants, community gathering space, entertainment, housing, education, and shopping. The City is preparing to accept bids with proposals reflecting the community’s stated desires for the block of buildings adjacent to the new amphitheater. This will be a great location for investment, with the amphitheater on one side, and the future passenger rail station across the street. Opening the bid process will require Council action and will be considered by Council in the upcoming months. For more information, please contact Tammy Absher, Director of Business and Community Development for the City of Lexington.
Bull City Ciderworks Expands Production
Bull City Ciderworks, makers of hard apple cider, celebrated its one year anniversary on March 18, 2017, in the Depot District! Bull City Ciderworks moved production and distribution from the City of Durham to the Depot District in 2015. The company began with 33,000 square feet, and has already expanded in both size and operations. Recently, Bull City began their bottling operation and continue to increase their market and solidified their presence in the Depot District by purchasing the facility and adjacent property early March 2017.
The facility includes both the production facility, as well as the in-house taproom. Visitors can enjoy their favorite cider in the bar area, and also see the production process in action. Bull City makes use of the outside area as well, holding regular community events such as food truck rodeos and an array of celebrations, fund raisers and special events, quickly emerging as one of Lexington's hot spots for fun.
Bull City Ciderworks is a perfect fit for Lexington:
It brings outside dollars into the local economy through sales and distribution to other communities. Those dollars then circulate through local businesses. Exporting to other communities also means the business does not rely solely on the local market for success.
Development causes development. Ciderworks is well established with strong business leadership, which is vital for the first developer in. Other developers will find assurance in clustering near Ciderworks, knowing that the activity in the area will support their investment. which means those people will support nearby businesses throughout the day.
It creates a destination for visitors and tourists, who will bring additional dollars into the economy.
The owners are from this area, with deep roots and ties, and have a desire to give back to this community not to mention a passion for passenger rail service
It gives additional exposure to Lexington through media and social networking.
It make use of an existing building, for a new use. Creative repurposing of existing buildings and resources is a key indicator of a resilient community, and is a smart way to develop the city.
City to resubmit Federal Grant Application The City of Lexington, in partnership with Davidson County and the Piedmont Triad Authority for Regional Transportation (PART), will resubmit a federal grant application to the U.S. Department of Transportation in 2018 to build the Depot District Multimodal Transportation Center. The City is relentless in its pursuit of this critical infrastructure for the future of Lexington.
To learn more about the history of the Depot District, visit the following link to the Depot District Area.
Environmental Analysis (EA) completed for the Depot District. The City, in partnership with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), has completed the Environmental Analysis (EA) for the Lexington Multimodal Transportation Station project. This project will reestablish passenger rail service for the region by developing a stop in Lexington’s Depot District near the Uptown District. The station will provide a passenger rail stop along the Raleigh-Charlotte corridor for commuters and travelers in order to connect Lexington to the education and job centers located along the corridor, and to allow tourists to visit Lexington via train. This stop will provide for connections between rail and regional/local bus service.
The EA is a requirement of the National Environmental Policy Act (1970) for projects of this level that require a federal permit and/or federal funding. The purpose of the EA is to evaluate the project’s impact on the community relative to water and air quality, noise, fish and wildlife (endangered species), historic and natural resources, equality and justice, etc. This EA is being made available for public reference. The final step in the process is for the Federal Railroad Administration to issue their response to the EA as a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), which is expected before the end of the year. Any questions or comments relative to this document, please email Tammy Absher, Director of Business and Community Development for the City of Lexington, or call (336) 479-0122.
Please click on links, below to access the documents:
Environmental Analysis Document Appendices: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4; Part 5