The ShropshireLexington Housing Authority, Kentucky
Eighty residential acres just east of downtown Lexington has undergone a dramatic renewal from Kentucky’s oldest housing project into the newest and most desirable of affordable-housing developments in the nation.
An isolated island of 963 red brick barracks-style units dating to the 1930’s, Bluegrass Aspendale was a stereotypical crime-plagued public housing stock that had declined into one of the least desirable residential spots in central Kentucky.
Today, it is an inviting traditional-residential oasis with varied structures communicating quality with pleasing entrances, columned porches, window-splashed facades and pleasant color schemes. The new streets have underground utilities, community green space and an abundance of mature trees.
Shropshire Homes represents phase I and II of the Bluegrass Aspendale HOPE VI Revitalization featuring twelve new residential buildings in a row house arrangements, for a total of 56 new units, including 24 Energy Star certified homes. There are two-stories buildings as well as fully accessible units. Parking is provided at the rear of the each building.
The redevelopment demolished all existing buildings, and replaced them with mixed income housing of various types, size and style. While this area was originally designed as a self-contained neighborhood, unconnected from the existing street pattern, it was important for the successful redevelopment of the area, that this new community build on the character of the adjacent neighborhoods and urban patterns, while reinforcing its connection to the city. In order to reinforce this connection while presenting a new image for the neighborhood, a new entry street was developed, Shropshire Boulevard. This new entryway created a new identity for the neighborhood, links to the existing streets, and provided prominent opportunities for new parks, a neighborhood school, and community centers, while promoting the long-term viability of this mixed income neighborhood by encouraging the continued redevelopment of the adjacent neighborhoods.