10:23am

Fri November 4, 2011
Business and the Economy

Rupp Task Force Developing Alternatives

The project manager for the Rupp Arena, Arts, & Entertainment District Task Force says the group is at a critical point in its effort to re-think downtown Lexington. Stan Harvey says a second public meeting will be held later this month and the task force will release a preliminary district development plan. Harvey says architect Gary Bates is putting together possible scenarios and alternatives for the future of Rupp and the Lexington Center.

"What we anticipate doing is showing different ways those 46 acres could be developed and get some community input on what people think are the priorities and what is the best kind of framework going forward."

Harvey gave an update to members of the Lexington Forum Thursday. He says in addition to developing possible scenarios, the task force is also focused on how the overhaul could be paid for.

"On the financing side I think the key is - and they've already begun these conversations - there's not one silver bullet. It's not one funding source, there's multiple funding sources that are going to have to be tapped."

Harvey says that includes funding from the private sector. No date has been set for the next public meeting. A final recommendation from the task force, including possible financing options, will be delivered to city officials by January 31st.