Six years after it had to leave the crumbling old Fayette County Courthouse, the Lexington History Museum may finally be close to getting a new home. A city-sponsored feasibility report says it would cost about $770,000 to put the museum in the Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center’s third floor, which was left unfinished when the rest of the complex of old Main Street buildings was renovated in 2002.

Museum installations and fixtures would cost another $200,000. Foster Ockerman Jr., a Lexington lawyer who has been the museum’s president for two years, has developed a good plan that could be done with a combination of city and private funding, said Sally Hamilton, the city’s chief administrative officer.

Further discussions are needed, and city budget priorities must be evaluated before she can take a proposal to Mayor Jim Gray and the Urban County Council, Hamilton said. Sign up today for a free 30 day free trial of unlimited digital access.

“I think all of his plans are very feasible,” Hamilton said. “It’s mainly a question of what we can afford this year.

I think eventually something will work out.” The non-profit Lexington History Museum was organized in 1999 and opened in the old courthouse in 2003 after Fayette Circuit and District courts moved to new buildings. As part of the settlement of litigation between the city and state over the new courthouses’ property, Lexington had to invest $15 million in cultural projects, which have included the Downtown Arts Center and the history museum. Read more from…

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