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Lextran to build a new maintenance facility
on site of the former GE Lighting Glass plant


This older Lextran bus is still in operation along the Versailles Road route. (Photo by Melvin Bernero)

This older Lextran bus is still in operation along the Versailles Road route. (Photo by Melvin Bernero)

 
Lextran is now the official owner of property where the GE Lighting Kentucky Glass Plant once stood. The 200 West Loudon Ave. site was purchased to construct a new maintenance and administration facility next to their current one at 109 W. Loudon.
 
The Lextran Board of Directors voted in June to purchase the 13.69 acres, but the action was contingent upon the Federal Transit Administration’s approval and a 90-day waiting period.
 
“We are so excited to have taken another step forward in this process. This move is critical for Lextran’s continued advancement and our ability to provide first-class bus service to the people of Lexington,” said Rocky Burke, general manager.
 
He said the new facility will mean more cost-effective and efficient maintenance. It will also consolidate administration which is currently housed in two locations.
 
The Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection approved the Lextran construction for Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program participation. The KBRP promotes the re-use of former industrial sites.
 
The GE Lighting Kentucky Glass Plant opened in 1946 and manufactured several different types of glass for light bulbs prior to its closing in July 2010. Since the plant ceased operation, the property has been vacant.
 
For more information, contact Jill Barnett, director of Community Affairs, at 859-539-6711.
 
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