CentrePointe redesign approved despite mixed reviews

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It's been in the works for years and caused some controversy along the way. Now, the CentrePointe project is moving forward.

The Courthouse Area Design Review Board approved the latest design plans on Wednesday afternoon. Developers made some cosmetic revisions to appease the board. Some of those changes for the multi-purpose building in the heart of downtown Lexington came with mixed reviews.

"A lot of the subtle details that were in the first or let's say the fifth or sixth generation of the project are gone. And I think that's unfortunate," said board member Martin Summers.

"We're just beat to death. These architects, engineers, and everybody else and the land planners are just worn out," said CentrePointe developer Dudley Webb.

"Does this adhere to our guidelines. Being a banker, based on what I've read and studied prior to this meeting, yeah," said board member Billie Dollins.

The board was divided when it came down to the vote. There were two members in favor and two opposed. In the end, the chairman broke the tie and approved the recommendation for the necessary permits.

Everyone involved showed support for the economic development the CentrePointe project will bring to Lexington.

Even with the approval of necessary permits, chief development officer Kevin Atkins still wants developers to raise the bar for the final project.

"Enormous potential, wasted opportunity. You still have time to deliver those aspirations and design. This community deserves and desires. You can do better," said Atkins.

There are plans for a ground breaking ceremony at the end of this month and for construction work to begin November 1.

We're told tax increment financing will help fund the project. Those details haven't been revealed.