The Hamburg neighborhood is rapidly progressing along the path to double in both size and population over the next decade.

A long-planned development, Hamburg East, is on the way in Lexington, Fayette County.  The 44-acre tract of land at the intersection of I-75/64 and Winchester Road in Southeast Fayette County, purchased by Cowgill Inc in 1999,  is now set to become a major mixed-use development.

The developers, Cowgill, Inc., report that the new project will include restaurants, hotels, apartments, retail establishments, and green spaces.  Bike trails, walk trails, amenities and landscaping are planned for the space.

Hamburg East is located at what the developers describe as the last corner on the Fayette County interstate system available for development inside the Urban Services area. Hamburg East includes a 41-acre parcel of land acquired from Cowgill Inc  by the University of Kentucky as the site of a new medical facility.   

Both development projects are located in a stretch of land along I-75 between Winchester Road (US60) and Man-O-War Boulevard that includes the new Baptist Health facility, Cabela’s, Costco, and a new middle school under construction for the Fayette County Public Schools who have also announced plans for an adjacent elementary school.  

Baptist Health’s rolling open will begin Spring 2024, and UK HealthCare will be an anchor tenant as it develops. 

Construction on Hamburg East is set to begin immediately.  The project is expected to develop over the next decade, but some spaces will likely be open as early as next year. Infrastructure is expected to be in place by the end of this year.

Joe Brumley, vice president for acquisitions for Cowgill, Inc, says the Hamburg East development is designed to make a significant contribution to the quality of life in southeast Fayette County by making additional lodging, dining, retail outlets and entertainment available to people who live in the area, as well as supporting the patients making use of the new UK HealthCare facility.  

“The addition of UK HealthCare and Hamburg East will prove to be a major benefit to both that part of the Lexington community as well as for the people of Central and Eastern Kentucky,” Brumley said. 

Firms involved in the Hamburg East project include ATS Construction, Davis H. Elliott Company, Design Works and Vision Engineering, all of Lexington, KY.

This article also appears on page 8 of the March 2024 print edition of the Hamburg Journal. For more southeast Lexington, KY/ Hamburg area news, subscribe to the Hamburg Journal digital newsletter. Join the HJ Neighborhood Club on facebook.