By Chelsea Gilman
For nearly two decades, the Robert E. Lee building was home to low-income residents, many of whom had mental or physical disabilities. After being bought by Sheridan Livery owner Ugo Benincasa, the building is being turned into a luxury hotel. The hotel will have 39 rooms, a conference room, a restaurant, and retail space. The top floor will house the three penthouse apartments. Although there was controversy when the residents were moved out, Benincasa believes that the hotel will benefit downtown Lexington. The hotel will open in spring 2014 and reservations are already being accepted.