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CentrePointe project takes new direction

There's been a new development in the controversial CentrePointe project in downtown Lexington.

A Chicago architect hired to help design CentrePointe is no longer involved in the project.

Developer Dudley Webb said the architect, Jeanne Gang, fulfilled her contractual obligation to the project, and was paid about $500,000 for it.

Webb says he isn't opposed to working with Gang again in the future.

Webb says he has a new contract from Gang for future services on his desk now, that's yet to be ironed out.

Webb says Gang's plans have now gone to the Marriott for revisions.

"There is no severing of this relationship, this is just a process," Webb said. "People have to understand that."

A local firm, EOP Architects, is being used to help bring Gang's and the Marriott's plans together.

Gang's office issued a statement Friday afternoon saying, “We are excited to work again in Lexington if it happens.”

"It is my hope that Jeanne Gang will be a part of this community in one way or another," Lexington Mayor Jim Gray said.

Webb says revised plans for the CentrePointe project should be available for the city and the public to review in about three weeks.

He estimates the project could cost upwards of $200 million.

Webb says he is still working on financing for CentrePointe. He says several financial institutions are interested in financing, and local and out-of-town investors are interested as well.

Webb would not give any specific names of individuals or institutions interested in financing.

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