Council will not move forward with proposal for new Lexington city hall

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Plans for a new Lexington city hall have once again stalled.

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council voted 7-5 Thursday against a resolution to negotiate a proposal from a private developer aimed at building a new city hall on the grounds of the Lexington-Herald Leader building.

The proposal from CRM Companies would have consolidated five of the city’s existing buildings into one 213,000 square foot facility expected to have 800 parking spaces.

The proposal would’ve cost the city $5.1 million annually for 35 years. Then, the city would've owned the building.

This unsuccessful vote comes after council narrowly voted in August to put the resolution for negotiations on the docket after Mayor Jim Gray put forth a tie-breaking vote in favor.

Unexpectedly, Vice Mayor Steve Kay said Thursday he no longer supported moving forward with the project agreeing with Gray who said they didn't have the "necessary consensus."

"My concern was that we would proceed to negotiations without the support on council that we would need when we finished negotiations and that exercise would be time-consuming and expensive on both sides and not productive," Kay said.

With the vote failing, Councilwoman Susan Lamb suggested they now look into the city-owned Phoenix Park properties near the downtown library.

"I wanted to make sure that we didn't lose the momentum of moving forward even though this did not pass tonight," Lamb said.

There will be a council committee workshop to discuss that location on Sept. 27 at 4 p.m.



 
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