Activist Group Plans Protest To Downtown Skyscraper

By: Renee Charles Email
By: Renee Charles Email

As we've reported the past few weeks, there are plans to build a skyscraper in downtown Lexington.
The project would require the demolition of an entire city block. One that houses over a dozen different buildings.
An activist group called "Preserve Lexington" says most of those buildings have historical significance.
President of the board Hayward Wilkirson says they have an event planned for this weekend called "save the block" hoping to spread the word.
Wilkirson says of the 14 buildings developers want to demolish, 10 are eligible for the historic register. He says some are architecturally significant others just hold a piece of Lexington history that he says we can't afford to lose.
Wilkirson says his group has done some computer generated configurations of the block and found "Three to three and a half 'big blue buildings' would fit into the open space that's already there."
He says his organization is not against the development, or downtown growth, they just want to preserve history while doing it.
The "save the block" event is Saturday at the Kentucky Theater starting at 10:30 am.
They'll have historical photos and show a short documentary about the block that was created especially for this event.
Wilkirson says time is running out because the development company has already applied for a demolition permit to get started on the project.

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  • by Chrissy Location: Downtown on Mar 27, 2008 at 08:58 AM
    If the Webb brothers are involved you can bet your bottom dollar that the city of Lexington is going to get the shaft, I recall all of their past debacles and I say run them oout of town on a rail, right now! Lexington can't support the hotels we have right now. There are 2 very nice hotels downton as it is and another is going to be at the Horse Park, how blind are you people? Unfortunately no one wants to admit that Lexington is not a destination point and it will never be. I don't want to hear anything about the 2010 Equestrien Games either, that is going to be a joke when it is all said and done, any one want to place a bet that we will be paying on that for many years after they have came and went?
  • by Chris Location: Lexington on Mar 27, 2008 at 08:17 AM
    I love Lexington and it's a rapid growing city and a great asset to Kentucky. Recently, LEX was named 5th best large city in the USA for business growth and individual career success. In 1998 it was ranked #1 for females success. We are really moving forward nationally. Let's support this high rise. We need it for future company occupation and recoginization of our city's skyline. I understand and respect your views in re to preservation. However, this block is the only true eyesore I currently see in dtown LEX. Why preserve these old buildings that are run down in order to stop a beautiful building in our city? Think about your views, you should not rally against the magority of this city that wants the new high rise. Go hug a tree at McConnell Springs, another asset to LEX that we should care more about than the ugly block of old buildings downtown. Go Webb, build the building, I am so excited to see the project start in AUG 08 when those old buildings are torn down.
  • by Chris Location: Lexington on Mar 26, 2008 at 11:11 PM
    Although I see why this group wants to preserve the history of these buildings I say we build the hotel. Lexington is starting to become a booming city and I think the hotel would benefit the downtown area. The hotel would draw many events to bring some life to Lexington and hopefully a new entertainment arena in the future would add to that.


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