Centrepointe Project Gets Green Light

By: Denny Trease Email
By: Denny Trease Email

Lexington's Courthouse Area Design Review Board ruled unanimously Wednesday night in favor of demolishing a city block to make way for the CentrePointe High Rise Project.

The city's Courthouse Area Design Review Board heard opinions from the developers, preservationists, and the public.

The Webb company, which now owns all the buildings on the block between Limestone and South Upper told the board the buildings were too old and in too poor shape to save.

The group, Preserve Lexington, disagreed. They said some of the historic buildings should be integrated into the development.

After five hours of an open forum, the board took the vote. But, even though the developer has the approval to bring out the wrecking ball it must now get the OK for the highrise plans.

Developer Dudley Webb tells 27 NEWSFIRST, "The buildings that aren't fronting Main Street could come down right away, and then I think there's a 30 day waiting period for the buildings on Main Street to see if there's an appeal.

The Webb Company wants to build a 35 story high rise that would include a hotel, condominiums, retail and office space. The entire Centrepointe development is estimated at $250 million.

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  • by piry Location: lex on Dec 15, 2008 at 06:16 AM
    WE NEED JOBS I THANK GOD 4 THIS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by J Location: Lexington on Jul 1, 2008 at 03:02 PM
    Have the preservationist really been thinking about the people of Lexington rather than what they believe.I don't think so.This project will bring a 1000 jobs for two years for construction workers,and over 900 jobs to the public.You would have to be crazy to decline an opportunity to the people. Besides that, downtown Lexington would look beautiful with the addition to our depleted skyline that we have.I always thought life is about taking chances so why not.Plus all the buildings are vacant and most of the businesses have moved out.Those business made the spot what it was,so now that they have moved who is to say that if the buildings where preserved that it would still be the hot spot that most people are complaining about
  • by andre Location: Lexington on Jun 27, 2008 at 10:45 AM
    I think this would be a move forward to the future of our city.The preservationist complain about the size,but if that was such a problem,the 5/3 and central bank building should have been developed.People need to wake up to present day and appreciate the fact that someone is investing in our city.Centre point would make our downtown look more like a true downtown as far as beauty and size. Thats why Louisville has so many things because the city allows change and change is good.
  • by ghettochip Location: richmond on Jun 26, 2008 at 05:13 PM
    it wouldn't be so bad if the developer were thinking smart and doing something like this: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7472722.stm
  • by Anonymous on Jun 26, 2008 at 01:09 PM
    Let's tear down the Radisson and the Hyatt to make way for smaller less modern buildings. Just a suggestion wrapped in satire.
  • by Patricia Location: Lexington on Jun 26, 2008 at 01:09 PM
    No one seems to be looking at the big "downtown" picture. Downtown is becoming a loft city, they are springing up everywhere. Considering the land that is occupied by goverment buildings, parking garages, two large hotels, law offices, there is precious little left for the unique development that draws people downtown. How often when you go shopping is it to the Civic Center Shops, or Victorian Square? Their business have not been a draw for anyont other than out of town visitors. Why would you want to live downtown? How do the few merchants left in the Civic Center and Victorian Square feel about sharing and spreading the "weath of people" with new neighbors. Do they have so much business, that there's room for a similar project?
  • by Early Cuyler Location: Squidville on Jun 26, 2008 at 10:11 AM
    Man o man am I glad that I don't live in Fayette County anymore. Let's see if old Dud can put his money where his mouth is. He says he does not need to use tax payer money for this project, 10 to 1 says it won't be built if he does not receive public assistance.
  • by Me Location: KY on Jun 26, 2008 at 08:01 AM
    I hope they do a better job with the parking! The parking for the court house now is such a nightmare, in fact, trying to park ANYWHERE in downtown Lexington is a nightmare, and none of these old buildings have legible building numbers. Ever apply to a job on Main St. only to lose the opportunity because you couldn't read the faint building number carvings, thus not being able to Find the business you applied to? These old buildings need to come down. As for the rest of the old buildings along Main? Clean them up, put numbers on them that can be seen and read, and lets move on. This development will be good, but better if the building is a bit smaller (say 60 stories instead of 80). No need to have it stick out like a swollen thumb. Build it, but build it SMART. Make the parking better and more accessible. As for the bars-the Dame and Busters? Put one in the new building! Put both in! Then you patrons can stay right there in new hotel-preventing DUI accidents/arrests. Think about it!
  • by diane Location: lex on Jun 26, 2008 at 06:48 AM
    Anybody that thinks these old buildings are beautiful need to take another look, especially from above. The roof-tops and back of these buildings are ugly and provide a place for pigeons to hang out. Just because a building is old (or historical) doesn't mean it is beautiful, worthy of keeping, or safe for the environment. Probably lots of mold, mildew, lead, and asbestos in those buildings, let alone other materials (yuk!). Why didn't the owners take control of their building and renovate it before all this happened!! Then they would have a valid fight, but the way this block looks now, these buildings should be torn down, along with Rosenburg's building, regardless of who the developer is. And for Jim Gray opposing this, is it because he owns a development/construction company, and wouldn't that be a conflict as Vice-Mayor!!!! If Buster's and the Dame have loyal patrons, they will follow to a new site!! Bring on the wrecking ball!!!
  • by Tudor Location: Lexington on Jun 26, 2008 at 05:42 AM
    I'm forty-eight years old and I can remember when I was kid seeing the old Purcell's Dept Store razed ( home now to the Radisson), when the run down properties where razed on High Street to make way for Rupp Arena and The Lexington Center, and on and on.... Sometimes building AND entire blocks need to be razed. KUDOS however to Jim Gray for saving the Wolf-Wile's building as few property owners want to spend the big bucks for restoration. UK brings in conferences annually and the main choices for hotels close by are the Hyatt and Radisson...but there is always complaints that there is little entertainment or shopping options for the professionals attending the conferences. Hopefully the CentrePointe will be overall a positive outcome.


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