A controversy surrounding downtown development and the fate of a 149-year-old Masonic Lodge in Lexington has bubbled to the surface of what has become a heated race for mayor. Continue reading “Could a 149-year-old Mason lodge become a parking lot? Lexington dispute boils over”
Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall has finally responded (sort of) to the Masonic/Eminent Domain/Hotel controversy that’s swirling around him. In a recent Facebook post, the Mayor wrote a long and tortured version of events as he wants voters to believe. Continue reading “Call The Council Members!”
Information previously unavailable to Lake and Main indicate the Town of Lexington now plans to included some public parking on land now owned by Lexington Masonic Lodge #152. But that has not changed the Masons’ resistance. Continue reading “Too Little, Too Late, Too Bad”
The following letter was sent to Lake and Main unsolicited. With permission of the author, Mr. Charles D. (Dick) Kyzer, it is published here with only formatting changes and website link added. Continue reading “An Open Letter to the Citizens of Lexington From Masonic Lodge #152”
Negotiations between the Town of Lexington and Lexington Masonic Lodge #152 over Lodge property and a proposed hotel appear to be deadlocked, but the story – and controversy – continues. Continue reading “Eminent Domain Dead; Questions Remain”
Lake and Main previously reported that the hotel development company Lexington Hospitality paid $1 million for the property at 116 East Main Stree in downtown Lexington. In fact, the company also bought an adjacent, .24 acre strip of land for an additional $1 million, putting the total investment for a proposed Mariott-branded hotel at $2 million. Continue reading “Lexington vs Masons: Make That TWO Million and P-Nuts”
This is the third in a series of articles about the announced construction of a hotel on Main Street in Lexington.
Lake and Main has researched public records and emailed principal players to create a timeline of events regarding the intended construction of a hotel in downtown Lexington. The proposed hotel would be in the heart of an already heavily congested area and has generated quite a bit of concern and conversation. Continue reading “The Million Dollar Bet”