Lexington Skyline Could Soon Be Changing

The Lexington Financial Center, at 30 stories, is the city's tallest building, but sometime in the not too distant future, it could be dwarfed by a 40 story hotel and multi-use tower that would include retail shops and offices plus a large parking garage.

Developer Dudley Webb, who isn't ready to discuss any specific plans for the new skyscraper he would like to put in the block from Limestone to Upper between Main and Vine, says he has been working for some time to try to put this project together.

Many of the businesses on that block have already been closed down, and almost all of the buildings are now under the control of either the Webb Company or the family of local businessman Joe Rosenburg.

Lexington residents, meanwhile, are having a hard time envisioning all the buildings on the entire block being replaced by one.

David Goad says he can't even picture it. Wilma Williams thinks the block currently has a certain quaint charm, and although the hotel tower will be very nice and clean looking, it might seem out of place in that location. Amy Faulkner was even more adamant in her criticism of the project. She says it would be sad to demolish the old buildings on the block because they're historical and should be kept downtown.

Some of the buildings do indeed date back to the mid 1800's and even earlier.

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  • by Darren Location: Lexington on Sep 13, 2008 at 11:33 AM
    I have lived here in Lexington all my life and a skyscraper is long overdue in my opinion. We are so far behind every other city its pitiful. Its embarrasing when people come here and they look downtown and say is this it. For all those who oppose nothing personal but you should move to Paris or something. Lexington is going to continue to grow whether you like it or not. The only way to bring buisness here is to build up not out. Then brings the next point no one wants to expand out because of the horse farms. I understand that its apart of our city's history but be real that cant be the only source of major income for our city for the next 100 years. Think outside the box, you'll be long gone and your childrens children will suffer for the lack of commercial enterprising from their predecessors.
  • by Sara Location: Lexington on Apr 13, 2008 at 11:47 PM
    If anyone travels they would know that bigger cities are comprised of both the new and the old. Moreover, the older parts are the more interesting of the two and the best places to hangout. City planning generally puts condos outside the older part, leaving some history while allowing for growth. The location of the building is what the problem is. It's taking away the one thing Lexington has to offer... efficient bar hopping location. Most people I know say Lexington has the one of the best bar scene, mainly because of proximity (take the success of 4th St. Live, in Louisville, for example). More importantly this new "improvement" would take out the only real music scene in Lexington, The Dame. Three of the most popular bars are going to be torn down, I can't imagine how crowded the others are going to be after these bars are gone. Condos should stay in suburbia where they belong. Lexington an incredible love for its history and an uncontrollable desire to destroy it. WTF!
  • by Scott Location: Lexington on Mar 23, 2008 at 10:00 PM
    I would love to see several new high rise buildings in Lexington. The 'historic' buildings that currently populate downtown were at one time new, and most likely replaced an older building. New businesses don't come to a city looking for an old run down building with plumbing and electrical issues to put their office in. I love that someone else recognizes the need to bring the interstates closer to downtown as well, it's bad enough for Lexington that it isn't located on a river, but being so far away from the expressway doesn't help matters. I will be graduating from business college in May, and I don't know of anyone who is excited about staying in Lexington. People enjoy the mix between city and country, but compared to Cincinnati and Louisville, Lexington just doesn't offer much of a downtown. When people think downtown they think skyline, and sorry people, but 3 buildings hardly even qualifies as such. I hope this project is only the first of many.
  • by antoine Location: virginia beach on Mar 6, 2008 at 12:49 PM
    lexington is a big city now. all those who dont agree obviously have not travelled outside of fayette county. lexington has all the good and bad that every true city in america has. but for a city of it's size, we do not have the infrastructure that we should have. lexington is growing and needs freeway access from 75/64 to downtown. that's called planning ahead. i hate the fact that the few people who want lexington to stay the same are the ones who will complain whether things change or not. they are not the ones who will benefit because they are not the ones who have done anything for lexington, you just live here. it's one thing to complain, but if you are not working to improve your community and you dont understand that this will benefit our children's children, then that's why the old saying goes "ignorance costs". ignorance has costed those who are left to complain on this website, instead of being someone who can really make a difference. go lextown
  • by omar Location: lexington on Mar 4, 2008 at 05:50 PM
    i feel lexington is past due for a skyscraper, we have a lousy skyline as it is, for those who oppose the building should move to one of the surrounding counties and stop trying to hold lexington from growing the way it should. Put a marker up and lets move on folks, you cant move forward living in the past.
  • by Ricky Location: Lexington, KY on Mar 3, 2008 at 09:00 PM
    It's time to tear down the old buildings and put up a new, shuny skyscraper. I hate having this big town, with a tiny financial district.
  • by jane Location: ky on Feb 16, 2008 at 05:56 PM
    Isn't that the reason the bus garage was built the way it was? So a high rise could be built on top of it. Why not put it there?
  • by Dussy Location: Gtown on Feb 16, 2008 at 05:22 PM
    I would love it!!!!! LEX needs a new skyscraper to enhance the appearance and also so that Interstate travelers could actually know where downtown is.
  • by David Location: lexington on Feb 16, 2008 at 05:01 AM
    Just look around at this city and you will see the crap that the webb companies have put forth. After the newness wares off of their projects, all that is left are strip malls with no asthetic and poorly designed parking lots.Get ready for more bland glass and concrete tributes to Donald and Dudley.
  • by Mel Location: Lexington on Feb 16, 2008 at 03:14 AM
    This is the very LAST thing that Lexington needs. Unless of course you are a developer or transplant that has no real concern for the city or its' history. We have plenty of hotel rooms available downtown already, so the impact on hotels like the Hyatt and Radisson could be devastating. Not to mention we are already building a new HUGE hotel at the Horse Park for the equestrian games. The games will come and go, but that hotel will still be there as well as the ones we currently have. I sure hope the city planners have a good set of brakes to stop this very bad idea and the courage to listen to the people who live here. I'm sure they will hear that most folks will not want this to happen.
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