Demolition Resumes For Lexington Skyscraper Project

Demolition crews were back on a downtown Lexington block on Wednesday, getting ready to tear down several buildings to make way for the high-rise CentrePointe project.

This comes a day after a judge ruled against a preservation group's efforts to stop demolition.

Developer Woodford Webb tells 27 NEWSFIRST there is no target date for completing the demolition phase, but it will continue unabated following approval in court on Tuesday.

He did confirm that demolition of all those buildings fronting Main Street will eventually require closing at least one lane of Main and possibly more. He said they'll be working closely with the city on that issue.

Webb also said his firm is still tweaking the design of the CentrePointe project and promises that when completed, it will be a high rise of which all Lexington residents can be proud.

Also, despite speculation by preservationists that J.W. Marriott was withdrawing it's support of the CentrePointe hotel project, Webb says he is still very confident that J.W. Marriott will be the name on the hotel here.

Although the new hotel will not be open in time for the 2010 World Equestrian Games, developers hope the project will no longer look like a construction site by then.

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  • by Stanley Simmons Location: The burbs on Jul 23, 2008 at 08:23 PM
    Went down to watch 'em tear down the old Rite Aid, it was great! Can't wait for that block to start looking better. For those that wanted the old stuff to stay, why didn't you buy it and fix it up?
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Jul 23, 2008 at 02:12 PM
    Good...I hope they quickly remove those eyesores so this thing will be over and we all can move forward with improving our downtown. Now the design of the new building I'm not so thrilled about, but as quickly as they can tear down those eyesores that are there now before the whiners file another lawsuit will be great. Then people can negotiate what the new building will look like.
  • by Matt Location: Lexington on Jul 23, 2008 at 02:05 PM
    The design needs to be changed. Lots of hard work, time, and resources were wasted on this endeavor, we're committed now, the building needs to be a (preferably) eco-friendly and modern design that fits the character of Lexington. That way we can actually be proud of it.
  • by Chuck Location: Bluegrass on Jul 23, 2008 at 12:07 PM
    Let the demolition begin!! This is going to be great!


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