Sunday, August 16, 2015

City orders work to stop at site of new Lexington high school, citing building permit issue

This from the Herald-Leader:
The city has ordered construction to stop at the site of a new Lexington high school on Winchester Road.

Derek Paulsen, the city's commissioner of planning, preservation and development, said in a statement issued late Saturday that Fayette County Public Schools "was issued a stop work order for the new high school on Winchester Road due to the fact that they did not have a building permit at the time they started construction."

"We have a meeting set up with FCPS next week to discuss the remaining issues associated with the building permit and are hopeful that the permit will be issued and work will be resumed within the week," he said.

School district spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall said Saturday evening that "building permits are applied for by and issued to the contractor, and we will be working with both the city and the contractor to resolve this issue as quickly as possible."

"It is our understanding that the city traffic engineering department wants to revisit issues that had already been worked through," she said.

D.W. Wilburn has a $62 million construction contract with the district to build the school. The total cost is expected to be more than $81 million.

The school, expected to open in fall 2017, is to be built on 65 acres at 2000 Winchester Road. It would serve about 1,800 students.

Redistricting plans have been developed because of the new high school plus two more elementary schools scheduled to open next year.
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