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Urban League Lexington KY Fayette County

Meet Lexington’s affordable housing pioneers as they mark a milestone

Creating affordable housing in Lexington has become a frequent topic of discussion lately. But the Urban League has been doing it for 36 years.

On June 30 at 10 a.m. the Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County will dedicate its 50th and 51st family rental units, a duplex at 209 and 211 Eastern Avenue.

The new duplex was built on the site of the boyhood home of Les McCann, the famous jazz pianist, vocalist and photographer, and his late brother, Calvert, whose photographs documented Lexington’s civil rights movement in the 1960s.

Those 51 units are part of 260 houses and apartments worth $26.3 million that the Urban League has built or renovated throughout Lexington since the early 1980s.

The effort began in 1981 when two longtime Urban League officers, President Porter G. Peeples and Vice President Norman Franklin, began talking with city planner Ed Holmes, who then lived on Chestnut Street. They wanted to find a way to increase home ownership among black residents… Read More >>

The Urban League’s Fayette County Local Development Corporation has been building single-family rental properties since 2005. The units come equipped with refrigerator, stove, washer, and dryer. For more information please contact Norman Franklin at 859-254-6212 or norman@ullexfay.org

Elm Tree Lane
17 units for seniors aged 55 and over

ETL Apartments
7 units for seniors aged 55 and over

Russell School Apartments
27 units for seniors aged 62 and over

All units are one-bedroom, one bath for seniors.