The NoLi CDC was founded in 2013 in persuit of a grant proposal from ArtPlace America, a national organization that focuses on the Creative Placemaking field. This grant was for the NoLi CDC’s banner project the LuigART Makers Spaces, and was developed in partnership with the LexArts, Blue Grass Community Foundation, the Lexington Downtown Development Authority, and the Office of the Mayor. The CDC received an award of $425,000 from ArtPlace America to develop 40 shotgun houses in the North Limestone Corridor into affordable housing units to be sold to community residents, artists, makers, and entrepreneur. This funding helped boost the CDC and get the organization up and running.
Winner of a $425,000 grant proposal from ArtPlace America, this project is designed to rehabilitate the North Limestone neighborhood’s historic workforce housing, and prepare it for the 21st Century economy.
The LuigART Makers Spaces addresses all of the NoLi CDC’s livability strategies. It develops housing affordability through the Housing Initiative, coordinates cultural programming through residency programs and facilitating live/work space, grows economic vibrancy and increases access to social services through equity programs, and addresses threats to neighborhood historical resources by saving and rehabilitating the fabric of the neighborhood since it was developed at the turn of the 20th century. Through promoting homeownership, intentional programming based on the neighborhood’s historical context, and public safety by design principles, we hope the LuigART Makers Spaces will serve as a reference point for both for-profit and nonprofit developers in Lexington’s Northside.
The Night Market is a monthly pop-up street festival that occurs on the corner of North Limestone St. and Loudon Ave. A publicity platform for neighborhood businesses, the Night Market also highlights our neighborhood’s creativity and brings people from all over Lexington together. The market itself features booths with local artists, makers, businesses, and non-profits, and the street is transformed through lighting, street trees, and vendor booths.
The Night Market coordinates cultural programming by raising awareness of cultural organizations and artists in the neighborhood, it grows economic vibrancy by supporting the neighborhoods businesses and promoting new business development, it increases access to social services by creating a free platform for social service organizations to promote themselves, and enhances public space by providing a free, safe, and beautiful gathering spaces for the community.
The plan will see the design and construction of a rain garden in Castlewood Park that will address stormwater runoff from the Loudon House. This area was identified as an essential stormwater project in the LFUCG funded stormwater feasibility study in 2012. The primary function of the rain garden will be to use amended soils and native Kentucky plants to slow stormwater runoff, filter non-point source pollutants and recharge groundwater supplies. The secondary function of the rain garden will be to develop a unique facility to support community education, awareness and engagement for stormwater related efforts. Anoth- er aspect of the plan would plant 120 street trees throughout the neighborhood. This plan would bring 100 rain barrels into our neighborhood at no cost to the community, while educating residents on the value of rain barrels, and how to install them.
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