12:57pm

Thu June 2, 2011
Business and the Economy

CentrePointe Again Center Stage

Plans for the long-stalled Centre-Point project are the focus of a meeting this afternoon in Lexington.  The downtown site’s original buildings were razed back in 2008 over the protests of several preservation groups.  Hayward Wilkirson, who led the opposition, is now a board member for Progress Lexington.  Wilkirson says the new plans resemble the original vision of preservationists.

"What we wanted was a significant development with great architecture that also combined some of the best of our past.  And, it’s a little ironic; when I look at the proposal what I see is in one corner is a series of low-rise buildings.  That’s exactly the part of the block that we were really hoping to preserve,” said Wilkirson.

After three years of stagnation, Wilkirson looks forward to revisiting the issue.

“I think it’s great that Dudley Webb is opening this up to some public feedback.  I’m excited to be down there today and I’m really excited to hear what the rest of Lexington has to say about this next step for Centrepointe,” said Wilkirson.

Developer Dudley Webb has hired Chicago architect Jeanne Gang to help re-imagine the block which was once home to some of downtown Lexington’s oldest commercial establishments.  Gang, a world-renown architect, says she is very familiar with the history of the on-again, off again project, and looks forward to sharing her ideas with the public.