Southland Sidewalks Design Announced

The preliminary design of the Southland Drive sidewalks was revealed at the Southland Annual Meeting on February 16th.

The design aims to provide continuous pedestrian connections, provide space for landscaping and beautification, and provide a unique brand for Southland Drive.

Please review the design documents below and submit your comments here.

Sidewalk Plan

Before and After Images

Design Idea Boards

Knight Cities Challenge Grant Submitted

The City’s Division of Planning, LexArts, the Southland Association, VisitLex, and Council offices teamed up to submit a project idea to the Knight Cities Challenge. Retrofitting the RETRO: Rediscover Southland project is one of 144 projects selected out of 4,500 applicants to continue to the second round application. We will learn in Summer 2017 if the project was funded. Until then stay tuned! Learn more about the Knight Cities Challenge by checking out their website.

Students on Southland: Data Collection Starting This Weekend

people-countingUniversity of Kentucky students will be on Southland Drive Friday September 23rd through Monday September 26th collecting data for the Retrofitting the RETRO project. You may find them throughout the corridor counting people, cyclists, noting the design character of the area, or stopping you to ask a few questions.

Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts- your input will make this project a success! From their findings they will make design proposals on how to enhance the existing built environment. Learn more by checking out the Retrofitting the RETRO page.

Student Design Project to Start

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The City’s Division of Planning will have the great pleasure of working with the University of Kentucky’s Interior Design, Historic Preservation, and Landscape Architecture programs this upcoming year. As their class project, students will explore the history of and design solutions to retrofitting the suburban strip mall typology. This is an academic exercise that will explore how best to enhance the limiting physical characteristics of a retro strip center and will recommend light and affordable physical design solutions to retrofit the existing built environment.

The goal of the Retrofitting the RETRO: Southland Dr. project is to examine the current conditions in this area and propose ways to improve it for all users. This deals primarily with innovative ways to improve current conditions to address safety, comfort, wayfinding, sustainability, bike and pedestrian circulation, and community gathering spaces while maintaining the character and sense of place that is Southland Dr.

The fall semester kicks off on August 24th and students will begin their research and data collection soon after. Keep an eye out for more information to come and for students walking the corridor to understand the history, businesses, visitors, and built environment of Southland Drive. Sign up for email alerts to stay up to date! Learn more about the Retrofitting the RETRO project by checking out the project page.

Survey to Begin April 11th


Palmer Engineering and their subcontractors are scheduled to be on Southland Drive next week to begin work on an initial survey of the corridor.

This is the first step in the design process for the Southland Drive sidewalks. This data will be used to talk to property owners and neighborhood residents about the best route for the sidewalks, to analyze stormwater issues, and ultimately create the final design plans for the project.

For more information on the project schedule, visit the About the Project page.