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Should Lexington bring back streetcars?

By Tom Eblen, Herald Leader Columnist, December 14, 2008

 

What goes around sometimes comes around — like a streetcar.

 

A century ago, if you wanted to get somewhere in Lexington, you probably took a streetcar. And if you wanted to travel from Lexington to Paris, Georgetown, Nicholasville or Versailles, you took an express streetcar called an Interurban.

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New Eastern State Hospital is on track despite state budget cutbacks

By Beth Musgrave, Herald Dispatch, January 2, 2009

 

A new psychiatric facility to replace Eastern State Hospital is on track to begin construction in 2010, state officials said.

 

The replacement for the second-oldest psychiatric hospital in the country is the one bright spot in a dismal year for social-service programs, mental health advocates say.

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Demolition work and preparation work has been completed, and there should be construction crews showing up within the month. They are waiting for KYTC to sign off on closing one-lane of traffic all around the block... and all are state routes.

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Tom Eblen: When will CentrePointe construction begin? We'll see

By Tom Eblen, Herald-Leader Columnist, January 8, 2009

 

Where's CentrePointe?

 

Developer Dudley Webb said late last fall that construction would begin in December on the $250 million tower in the middle of downtown Lexington. It's now January, and the site is a big gravel pit waiting for something to happen.

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This is now 550' in height, BTW.

 

Webbs' analyst says CentrePointe on firm footing despite recession

By Beverly Fortune, Herald-Leader, January 28, 2009

 

Despite an economy in recession, a new financial analysis paid for by CentrePointe's developers is optimistic about their prospects for selling 91 million-dollar-plus condominiums, leasing retail space and filling a luxury hotel when the downtown development opens in 2011.

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The Distillery District is a new name for a massive mixed-use development on the site of two old distilleries in Lexington, along Manchester Street. Aerial of Manchester Street; the redevelopment is south of the street, and future plans have it covering both sides and eastward towards downtown. I envision this becoming Old City in Knoxville in about ten years.

 

Buster's to reopen, add music venue

By Beverly Fortune, Herald-Leader, February 3, 2009

 

Buster's, the beer-only pool hall that closed in June to make way for the planned CentrePointe high-rise project, is scheduled to re-open in mid-August in the Old Tarr Distillery.

 

New owners Jessica Case and her husband Clark said they signed a contract Monday to lease the entire original portion of the distillery at 899 Manchester Street.

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Downtown church opens new wing

By Janet Patton, Herald-Leader, February 8, 2009

 

Central Christian Church, a fixture in the downtown Lexington social fabric, debuted its new north face to the community on Sunday.

 

The church officially opened its new 26,000-square-foot addition, which includes classroom space for children and youth ministries, as well as a new library, music rooms and an elevator to make the church more accessible.

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Sorry, if it isn't self-sustaining, it would not make much fiscal sense right now to repurpose it. I can't see the city justifying it ten years ago, much less now, and the only bit that makes the building special is the memory -- it's a shell. Nothing more, nothing less, with a glazed tile exterior and a somewhat nice front entrance.

 

It's also in a poor location, not exactly a desirable area for performance venues. And it lacks a lot of on-street parking.

 

Lyric repairs strike expensive chord

By Michelle Ku, Herald-Leader, February 15, 2009

 

For more than 10 years, East End residents have dreamed of reopening the Lyric Theatre, the former entertainment hub for Lexington's black community.

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CentrePointe progress awaits permit

By Beverly Fortune, Herald-Leader, February 28, 2009

 

All's quiet on the Centre Pointe site on West Main Street as the construction company waits to receive a lane closure permit from the local district office of the highway department.

 

Bovis Lend Lease, in Columbus, Ohio, submitted a request for lane closings on West Main Street and Vine Street with the state highway department, said Kelly Baker, branch manager for the traffic permit section District office 7.

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City to explore requiring buried power lines in new developments

By Michelle Ku, Herald-Leader, March 3, 2009

 

The city will soon begin exploring the idea of requiring underground utilities in all new neighborhoods.

 

Urban County Councilwoman Cheryl Feigel suggested the idea Tuesday following a discussion about how lessons from the 2003 ice storm were used in responding to January's storm.

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^ Another update posted above.

 

Council shows enthusiasm for making downtown streets two-way

By Beverly Fortune, Herald-Leader, March 3, 2009

 

Momentum is growing among Urban County Council members to convert downtown's one-way streets to two-way, including the major arteries, Main and Vine.

 

Streetscape consultant Clete Benken said while the city cannot "wave a magic wand and fix everything today," it can set the stage for phased in conversion of Short and Second streets, Limestone and Upper, Maxwell and High and Main and Vine back to two-way traffic.

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Chevy Chase parking study under way

By Michelle Ku, Herald-Leader, March 9, 2009

 

At the request of area merchants, shoppers in Chevy Chase will be able to pay for parking at individual meters by their cars at least through the end of April.

 

The Lexington & Fayette County Parking Authority had intended to replace the individual meters along the 800 block of Euclid Avenue and along a nearby stretch of East High Street with four computerized pay stations. Each pay station is expected to take the place of about 10 individual meters.

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Lyric Theatre: big opportunity disguised as a problem

By Tom Eblen, Herald-Leader columnist, March 14, 2009

 

From the time it opened in 1948 until it closed in 1963, the Lyric Theatre was a cultural icon for Lexington's African-American community, hosting the likes of Duke Ellington and Ray Charles.

 

For the past 46 years, the Lyric has been an empty, crumbling building. For nearly 20 years, its renaissance has been a dream deferred for the East End neighborhood and many African-Americans throughout Lexington.

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Two articles posted today. (See above.)

 

Hotel's new owners plan to maximize its potential

Ex-Radisson is getting a new look to go along with its new name

By Beverly Fortune, Herald-Leader, March 16, 2009

 

The first time real estate investor Peter Lewis toured the Radisson Plaza, he saw an outdated hotel that had been "under-managed" for years.

 

"It's a 1980s facility. No money went into that hotel for decades," said Lewis, president and chief financial officer of Madison W Properties.

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We are getting closer to the redesigned downtown streetscape! I can't wait to see the finished product...

 

Lexington council OKs design of downtown streets

By Beverly Fortune, Herald-Leader, March 24, 2009

 

Urban County Council members gave the go-ahead on Tuesday for the city's streetscape consultant to do a detailed design of Main Street and Vine Street that would allow both streets to become two-way in the future, or to maintain their presented one-way traffic patterns, whichever the council chose.

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THIS PISSES ME OFF. Here is what was proposed:

 

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Here is what we may be getting:

 

Not pleased. In comparison to what was once proposed, and what CVS has done with other urban locations, I'm not holding my breath for anything spectacular on this site. A one-story building, in comparison to the density surrounding this property, and the potential that it could hold, justifies something more dense.

 

CVS drugstore planned for downtown

By Beverly Fortune, Herald-Leader, March 26, 2009

 

A one-story CVS drugstore carrying an expanded line of groceries is planned for a prominent entrance to downtown Lexington.

 

The building, originally conceived as part of a larger mixed-use development with apartments, retail and office space, would go on the site of the former Integra Bank building and Heritage Antiques at the intersection of Main, Midland and Vine streets.

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Developer insists CentrePointe will be built despite death of key financier

By Beverly Fortune, Herald-Leader, April 10, 2009

 

A key financial backer of the planned CentrePointe development in Lexington died last fall, but the project's California trustee says he is working with the financier's heirs to keep the $250 million deal on track.

 

Los Angeles attorney Richard P. Crane Jr. said in a letter to Lexington officials that the death has "complicated the implementation of the funding plan," but he remains optimistic about the future of the proposed 35-story luxury hotel and condominium.

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^Another article posted above.

 

Distillery District gains Internet popularity as developer looks for infrastructure funding

By Susan Baniak, Business Lexington, April 14, 2009

 

Lexington, KY - If voters on the Web site StimulusWatch.org had anything to say about it, the Lexington Distillery District would be the first in line among the myriad of national projects vying for government stimulus funding.

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CentrePointe discussion gets heated at City Hall

Beverly Fortune, Herald-Leader, May 6, 2009

 

A defiant Dudley Webb chastised the Urban County Council on Tuesday for carping about his CentrePointe project, saying the fate of the delayed development's funding would be known in the next 60 to 90 days.

 

In a lengthy prepared statement, Webb also made public a letter of support from the proposed development's main tenant, J.W. Marriott, and said he has been unfairly treated by the press, particularly the Lexington Herald-Leader, and Vice Mayor Jim Gray.

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The Distillery District comprises of a massive mixed-use development that is one of the largest in Lexington that is now under construction.

 

Buster's Bounces Back

New owners making the move to Manchester

By Erik A. Carlson, Business Lexington, April 30, 2009

 

Lexington, KY - A year and two months after closing to make way for the demolition of the CentrePointe block, Buster's will be reopening and redefined. And as a result, Lexington is finally getting the large-scale live music venue many have longed for.

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Before demolition, there was a partially vibrant block pockmarked with mothballed buildings that the owner did not want to fill, and a hole where a massive Woolworth's was located at.

 

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I have many more but I'm about to overhaul UrbanUp.

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