January 2013

The Town of Lexington had an accomplished 2012, to say the least, with securing several high profile economic development projects, including the announcement of Avtec, Inc. breaking ground on their new advanced manufacturing facility which will be the anchor of an new technology park on Glassmaster Rd., just off I-20. This park will be unique to the Town as many business parks throughout the country are not located within municipal limits.

Council and I are excited to announce that 2013 is starting off with a "BANG" too, as the Town of Lexington just completed the purchase of the Project Icehouse. The property includes the former Shirey's on Main (101 W. Main St.), the adjacent building (103 and 105 W. Main St.), Palmetto Propane and Ice, Inc. (111 S. Church St.) and 113 S. Church St.

The land, approximately 2.69 acres, will be transformed into a destination retail center and public green space which will include anticipated boutique retail, eateries along with plans to construct an amphitheatre. This is our newest project under the Vision Plan, which Council passed in May 2012 and will help significantly revitalize Lexington in addition to allowing for connectivity in the downtown area through a proposed 1.1. mile walking trail. The trail will provide citizens an opportunity to experience walking, jogging and nature from Main St. up S. Church St and through Virginia Hylton Park. From this trail you can go to the northeast to the Lake Murray Dam or go southwest to Gibson Pond Park.

This exciting project is an opportunity for Lexington to recapture the essence of an active, vibrant downtown atmosphere we all aspire too. Our goal is to provide the best quality of life to our residents, businesses and guests through unique experiences such as spending weekends strolling and shopping downtown, taking in the sights and sounds of musical events and activities.

Learn more about this and other accomplishments during my State of the Town Address at the February Council Meeting on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 6:30pm in Council Chambers. You can also watch the Address and Council Meeting live on Channel 2 or On Demand.

I, along with Council and staff, wish each of you the best in the New Year!