Vote On CentrePointe Project Delayed

Plans for a 40-story skyscraper for Downtown Lexington are on hold.

The $250 million project is targeted for the block on Main Street between Limestone and Upper. Demolition was expected to start in the next few months, but that project has been delayed.

A government review board was supposed to vote to approve the CenterPointe project at the city council chambers this afternoon. Instead the board members decided to delay the vote for 60-days.

Developers want to build the huge project that would include a four star hotel, condos, offices and retail space.
Preservation groups have called for the project to be moved elsewhere or scaled down.

City leaders tell us there will be another public meeting about the development project in the near future, before they take the vote.

Mayor Jim Newberry today repeated his support for the massive building.

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  • by Chris Location: Chicago on Apr 9, 2008 at 08:05 AM
    The current "high end" hotel offerings are downright getting embarassing - Hyatt and Radisson? Come on. I'm all for doing this right as long as it gets done. DOWNTOWN! WOO!
  • by Sarah Location: Lexington on Apr 7, 2008 at 05:40 PM
    While parts of this block may bean eyesore, it is the heart of downtown, and the entertainment for many in the under-thirty crowd. There is sooo much revitalization going on in downtown right now, and the Dame could arguably be a contributing factor to that revitalization. We as a city are trying to make downtown interactive and attractive, and taking away the only option for live music is not the way to do it. Neither is letting the Webb brothers put up another monstrosity.
  • by John Location: Downtown Lexington on Apr 6, 2008 at 04:57 PM
    Anonymous, I didn't miss the point, I was making one of my own. No one was up-in-arms that the location had fallen into a genuine eyesore. Where was the concern of these 'groups' (call them what you will) as that block became a blight on our main street? Where was the outpouring of concern? They may as well be saying say "We didn't have a solution, nor did we care, but now that someone has plans for it, we don't like it! And we know what is best." By having done nothing, they *are* saying "Let's leave it like it is today" because that's exactly what will happen.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Apr 6, 2008 at 04:23 PM
    I just can't wait until one of your "historic" dumps collapses and injures and kills a few people. Will you all be the first ones to line up and sue?
  • by Liberal hippie Location: That uses no deodorant on Apr 6, 2008 at 01:53 PM
    Save the clock tower, save the clock tower.
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Apr 6, 2008 at 01:15 PM
    To all those who have this "design competition" concept stuck in your heads, this is NOT a public structure being built by government! This is a private building being funded by private investors, do you honestly think they (or ANYONE) will invest in something designed by people who have no say in the project? If this were a government building, then I have no problem with having a design competition if the govt wanted to do that to increase interest in the project. But you can't tell Mr. Webb, JW Mariott, or anyone else who are private entities that they WILL build what you design for them to build, using THEIR money and THEIR property. That is ludicrous! Now, I love Mia's and The Dame as much as the next person (and frequent them both) but those buildings are a dump and every year they are there, is a year closer to them falling on their own. This is a good project which will have good results for downtown. And it's totally in-line with what is around it. 5/3 bldg is 28 story.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2008 at 11:13 AM
    Rob, your assertion that the owners can tear down whatever they want is mistaken. The block is within a design overlay zone, which means the city must review and approve any demolition. You obviously have no idea why there could be opposition to this beyond people being hippies and acting like brats so I won't even address your rude comments. Educate yourself is all I can say.
  • by Rob Location: Lexington on Apr 6, 2008 at 06:16 AM
    Why do these citizens even have a say so.The owners can tear down whatever they want no matter what anyone else says.If they wanted to restore these buildings they should have bought them themselves.Wake up Lexington,a lot of smaller cities are going to overtake us on being a true big city.You can't have a small town and a big city both,Lexington chose big city a long time ago.Now is the time to act like one.The people fighting this is acting like a bunch of spoiled brats!They don't own it,won't refurbish what is there,but want the say i what is happening?Shut up and go on to your next "pet" project to fight.Maybe they need you at another hippie fest somewhere else!!!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 5, 2008 at 02:13 PM
    John, nobody is saying to leave the block like it is today. You're missing the point. We want responsible infill development that takes care of the hole in the block and incorporates the existing buildings to whatever extent possible. This is not a new concept and has been done successfully all over the country. It may not even be possible in this case, but there needs to be greater consideration of the scale of this structure compared to the rest of downtown. By categorizing the opposition as extreme and as "special interest groups" you are contributing to the divisiveness surrounding this issue. These same groups and Mr. Webb have actually fostered somewhat of a spirit of cooperation. As long as the taxpayers are being asked to partially foot the bill, there is nothing wrong with questioning the project.
  • by delores price Location: Lexington on Apr 4, 2008 at 05:27 PM
    I think there should be some develoment in this area,but care should be taken not to over develope. I strongly disagree with a large tall structure that is planned. We should keep Kentucky unique.
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