Judge Rules In Favor Of CentrePointe

A Fayette circuit judge ruled in favor of the controversial CentrePointe project today. Judge Pamela Goodwine says she found no legal basis for an injunction on demolition of eight buildings. That means demolition can begin as soon as possible.

The hearing began Tuesday morning over the demolition of eight buildings in between Main and Vine Streets.

A group called Preserve Lexington was seeking an injunction to stop the Webb Companies from tearing down buildings on South Upper Street.

Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine has said she wanted to hear both sides of the controversial proposal.

This morning attorneys for Preserve Lexington presented their case saying they want to Webbs to incorporate the historic buildings into the building's design. In the afternoon, CentrePointe's developers argued their case. The judge issued her ruling just before 5 P.M.

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  • by Jason Location: Lexington on Jul 25, 2008 at 08:26 AM
  • by Anonymous on Jul 23, 2008 at 04:37 PM
    Why is there so much animosity towards history and preservation? You know, you can still tear something down even if it is historic. Maybe you shouldn't, but it happens all the time. And if I hear one more person say, "they're not historic, just old" I'm going to vomit. That is a simpleton's argument. The first step to something being historic is being old. There is not enough space allowed here to go through the reasons those buidlings qualify as historic, but if you understand the historic development of Lexington, you understand the importance of the retail businesses that were concentrated there and housed by those buildings. You understand that they are part of a bigger historic picture that is being chipped away piece by piece. And yes, there is indeed some architectural significance too! I hope for the sake of Lexington I am wrong about this project, but if that pesky thing called HISTORY is any indicator, the Webbs may leave you sorry you supported it.
  • by Paul Location: Lex on Jul 23, 2008 at 09:55 AM
    Ahhh seperation anxiety....Of course tear them down, time is money, and after that white elephant is built and the Webbs can't fill it, it will only cost us the taxpayers even more money, so I say level it quick, build it so we can get on with Local Corporate Welfare
  • by racegirl Location: Corbin on Jul 23, 2008 at 07:08 AM
    I agree that people want things better but want nothing to change! That is ridiculous! Like Lexington, London/Laurel County residents are the same exact way. They want to think that the town is superior but don't want to think progressively. They didn't even want zoning of any kind but wanted to get rid of an asphalt plant that was being built in a little suburb . . . what kind of logic is that?!
  • by Joe W. Location: Zoe on Jul 22, 2008 at 10:49 PM
    David said it best time to start building.The buildings weren't beautiful or historic they were eyesores that had been altered so many times,that no one knew what they looked like!Time for progress to begin.
  • by Chris Location: Lexington on Jul 22, 2008 at 08:16 PM
    Thank you! Im glad they finally came to thier senses and started this much needed project!
  • by Steve Location: Lawrenceburg on Jul 22, 2008 at 07:59 PM
    I've heard a lot about this block of buildings being "historic" bet have yet to hear a convincing argument as to WHY they are historic. Old? Certainly. Historic? Not so much.
  • by Charles Location: Pikeville on Jul 22, 2008 at 05:26 PM
    I commute to Lexington weekly and although this matter doesn't pertain to me like it does actual Fayette Countians, I still wish to say that a new high rise would by all means benefit the city. Lexington is growing therefore it only makes sense to "go up" to save space.
  • by Mark Location: Lexington on Jul 22, 2008 at 02:48 PM
    World Coal Center II anyone?
  • by Alice Location: Lexington on Jul 22, 2008 at 02:37 PM
    The huge numbers of people that have shown up at public meetings in opposition to CentrePointe show that most people in Lexington don't want to see this monstrosity built. Let's make sure that what's left of our downtown is protected. I'd like to see some laws passed that prevent owners from letting their properties deteriorate into eysores.
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