New Lexington ordinance will require businesses’ front doors to face main road

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LEXINGTON, N.C. -- City officials are working on a new ordinance which will soon require the front entrance of newly-constructed businesses to face main roads.

Officials say the store fronts of several businesses now face side streets, causing blank, empty walls along major roads.

“We’re wanting to promote more of a downtown feel,” said City Planner Josh Monk.

Monk says the goal is to improve the city’s appearance and give Lexington a more urban feel.

“It encourages people to park on the street and walk,” he said.

The ordinance first passed last summer but only applied to businesses downtown, the new ordinance will apply throughout the whole city.

In November, the city passed another ordinance to improve Lexington’s look.

The ordinance requires businesses in the uptown district to fix or replace old windows and doors on the second and third floors of their properties.

“Just trying to make things nicer,” Monk said.

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