LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - For months the developers of the CentrePointe project have wanted to fill the empty lot with excavation equipment to begin breaking ground on the project.
"I actually didn't notice that those were there," a runner commented while passing by the site.
Whether you notice while walking or driving downtown, two pieces of heavy duty equipment now sit in the grassy lot that's occupied downtown for more than five years.
"It just seems like a lot of wasted space. I mean, when I think of downtown Lexington I just think of everything surrounding this big, open void," said Lexington resident Colin O'Brien.
That might not be for much longer.
Officials with the city say the equipment is on hand right now so work can begin once certain permits are approved.
"I don't really think that indicates anything because it's been here for so long. But hopefully that means that there will be an initiative soon," said Anna Bostrom, while weighing in on the project.
"I'll believe it when I see it. I mean, I only spent two and a half years here at UK and I was kind of astounded every time I would come down here, and right in the center of the public square you just got an empty lot of just nothingness," added resident John Laidlaw.
Project developer Dudley Webb spoke to WKYT on the phone early Monday.
He said they want to make sure they have all the gear necessary to begin breaking ground when the building permits are cleared.
Webb says they anticipate that could be any day now.