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What the future of the pink building on East Main Street holds

Following a four-hour hearing, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council voted to alter zoning of the iconic house.

The facade of the former Cross Gate Gallery Building.

The former Cross Gate Gallery Building at 509 E. Main St. | Photo by LEXtoday

This week, the Urban County Council gathered for a four-hour hearing over the future of the former Cross Gate Gallery.

The council voted 12-1 to remove the Neighborhood Business B-1 conditional zoning restrictions, opening the door for the iconic pink property on 509 E. Main St. to be transformed into a private, members-only club.

According to a Herald-Leader article, the developers’ lawyer, Nick Nicholson, said that the previous zoning limited the building’s capacity to sell things outside of antiques.

While few details are known, the new club will reportedly include:

  • A restaurant
  • Lounge
  • Events space
  • Gallery areas
  • Commercial kitchen

However, residents of Bell Court raised concerns about the change, citing increased traffic, noise, and the historic relevance of the building.
“We want our communities to evolve... But we also want those spaces to preserve quality of life and balance density and historic neighborhood context,” said Council Member Hannah LeGris, who represents the district.

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