Developer Webb Gets Demolition Go Ahead For Luxury Hotel

LEXINGTON, KY -- The city's Division of Building Inspection gave the go-ahead Friday for the Webb Companies to take down four properties on South Limestone to begin clearing the block for construction of the CentrePointe luxury high-rise hotel, condominium and retail complex, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader in its Saturday edition.

The buildings are 109, 117, 119-121 South Limestone. Approval was not given to immediately raze 111 South Limestone because of asbestos concerns, reports the Herald-Leader.

“They can start tearing them down tomorrow,” said Susan Straub, spokeswoman for the city, when asked about a timetable for demolition.

Diversified Demolition, a Lexington company, has the contract to raze the buildings.

Code Inspection roped off one-third of the parking lot next to the Rite Aid building on Friday because of concerns that the building's wall was unstable and could collapse, reports the newspaper.

Also on Friday, a request to demolish the remaining buildings on the block was submitted to Building Inspection office. There will be a 30-day hold on getting the permit while the Office of Historic Preservation conducts a historical study of the buildings and weighs an appeal to the Planning Commission.

“This starts the 30-day clock ticking,” Straub told the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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