Art in Motion and Lextran will soon be releasing a public invitation for bids for construction of the first two shelters under a $150,000 Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) grant received from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Office of Local Programs. OLP allocates federal highway dollars to Kentucky projects that enable multi-model travel or reduce air pollution. In the case of AIM/LexTran’s grant, funds were allocated for the design and construction of up to 8 art shelters. See the planned locations here: https://aimlex.wordpress.com/map/
Providing amenities for mass transit constitutes one of the eligible categories under CMAQ because such amenities increase ridership and reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions over the long-term. LexTran is providing matching dollars for each shelter funded through the CMAQ grant. The first two winning designs, for shelters at Southland Drive and Leestown Rd, were the result of public design contests.
The winner of the Southland Drive contest is “Industrial Oasis” by designer and sculptor John Darko and architectural firm Pohl, Rosa, Pohl. Their unique design features twisted rebar columns that mimic an organic, tree-like structure leading to a roof featuring a rain garden. The designers describe the shelter as “embracing the juxtaposition of human development and natural beauty.” An example of Darko’s work can be seen at the entrance to the Kentucky Theater on Main Street. Generous matching funds for the shelter have been provided by Good Foods Market and Café, shopping center owner Sanford Levy, and a grant Hill-N-Dale Neighborhood Association received through the Lexington’s neighborhood Action Match Program. The jury was made up of representatives of Good Foods, Lextran, Southland Association, Mayor Jim Gray’s office, the property owner and the architecture community.
CHIMNEYsTOP, winner of Leestown Contest
The winner of the Leestown Road/Townley Center contest is “CHIMNEYsTOP” by University of Kentucky design students Justin Menke, Chad Riddle and Martin Steffen under the professional guidance of UK Landscape Architecture professor Ryan Hargrove. The design features a lighted chimney that in the words of the designers “will serve as a beacon or way finding aid” for Townley Center. The jury was made up of neighborhood association representatives, Townley Center developer Dennis Anderson, Lextran and 2nd District Urban County Councilperson Tom Blues. The structure also features dry laid stone walls and craftsman-style stained glass. Design criteria for the two contests can be viewed by clicking on the “Southland Design Call” or “Leestown Design Call” links on this page.