Much Needed Attention at Grinstead and Lexington

For some 7,000 – 10,000 daily drivers it’s the way to work, the way home, or some sort of cut-through from I-64 to their next destination. But I think we can all agree that it’s the ugliest way to enter one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the city. Immediately off of I-64 from the Grinstead Drive exit, you cross Lexington Road to be greeted by a raggedy gas station and its 4-story tall empty “sign”. Continue on to find and old “luxury car lot” that has less than one tenth of the surface parking that the neighboring restaurant, KT’s has (which never made sense to me), an old pet shop that looks like it could collapse at any moment, and a beauty salon that has been empty for at least five years. All of this weirdness I just described is surrounded by beauty. Attention is now being drawn to the fact that the Jefferson Development Group, headed by Kevin Cogan, has decided to buy the majority of the real estate parcels that comprise this awkward, pie-shaped city block. There is quite a bit of speculation about what changes will be made, but our hope is that the less-than-sexy gateway to our city will be made better. So let’s define “better” by discussing the problems. Continue reading “Much Needed Attention at Grinstead and Lexington”