Fayette County's old courthouse is set for major renovations.
"This has been an extraordinary project that we're embarking on," said Mayor Jim Gray.
The plan is to preserve the historic exterior of the building but add terraces to build an outside area.
A dome-like structure will be the focal point and glass floors will be installed to view the atrium.
"It'll be very neat and modern and if they keep the outside looking the same," said Amanda Gehman, who supports the project. "I think it would be a nice fit that would fit in with our downtown area."
Tenants of the building will include the corporate office for Breeders' Cup, a Visitor's Center and the Bourbon Trail Experience.
Windy Corner Market's farm-to-table concept will occupy the restaurant space.
Many people who live in Lexington say they're excited to hear about the building's revival.
"I've lived here for ten years and I've watched the progress of the pavilion and the whole downtown change and it is great," said Peggy Trafton, another supporter.
It's also welcome news to businesses nearby, "it's definitely going to bring people in, it's not going to hurt anyone," said Richard Curnutte with Henry Clay's Public House.
Crews will begin working on the inside of the building as early as June. The project is expected to be completed by January 2018.
A public meeting will be held June 1 at the 5/3 Pavilion from noon- 1 p.m.
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