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Possible fall groundbreaking for Lexington's CentrePointe

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Changes may finally be coming to a grassy block in the middle of downtown Lexington.

Developer Dudley Webb tells us groundbreaking on the CentrePointe project could happen this fall.

Webb met with city leader Thursday to make sure the routes to the beginning phases of construction were clear.

Webb spoke with WKYT Friday, and says he's very optimistic that they'll be breaking ground on the CentrePointe project as early as this fall.

The renderings and details of the CentrePointe project have evolved over the past five years.

Just last month, the latest design for the buildings to occupy this city block came out. The design featured 150 thousand square foot office building, a Jeff Ruby's Steak House, 286 hotel rooms and 85 new apartments, for about $167 million for the budget, without the land price.

Friday, Webb said the years of waiting to break ground will likely come to an end this fall. He said the project has to move along to accommodate several tenants.

Webb says, "We do have a couple of tenant prospects that have to be in fairly quickly. So that necessitates that we expedite the process and get them in on time."

WKYT asked Webb what he would say to any skeptics that the project would be moving to a groundbreaking phase this fall. He said he would invite them to the ribbon cutting, and at that point the proof would be in the pudding.

The previous buildings were torn down in 2008.

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