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Esplanade idea has potential for success

New plan for a small space

By Tom Eblen, Herald-Leader, November 4, 2009

 

Maybe creating a vibrant downtown isn't so much about grand plans as small spaces.

 

One small space with potential is the block of North Mill Street between West Main and Short streets. It retains most of its old buildings, which now house places to eat, drink and work. Developer Nick Ebbitt is converting the upstairs of several buildings into loft condos.

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2 old buildings getting new life

By Beverly Fortune, Herald-Leader, November 7, 2009

 

Two buildings that housed Thompson & Riley auction house and the company's real estate offices for many years are being renovated by Bob Cole, president of the Coleman Group, a commercial real estate and property management company.

 

Cole plans to adapt the two East Main Street structures, which together have about 9,000 square feet, to new uses.

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Lexington Mall at the mercy of out-of-town owners

THE STATE OF RETAIL IN LEXINGTON | Part 3 of 3

By Scott Sloan, Herald-Leader, November 9, 2009

 

Ever since its slow death finally came in 2005 with the exodus of Dillard's, Lexington Mall has sat. And sat. And sat.

 

It has become something of a riddle. Area developers look at the nearly vacant, 30-acre site and salivate at the location, an easily accessible corner of Lexington's busy Richmond and New Circle roads.

 

But besides the Applebee's and Perkins restaurants, nothing but the empty former mall sits on the land owned by Saul Centers of Bethesda, Md.

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New Lexington plan allows development of 52-acre family farm

By Beverly Fortune, Herald-Leader, November 12, 2009

 

After a 20-year battle waged by the Fritz family to get the city to rezone their farm at the corner of Nicholasville Road and Man o' War Boulevard, the Lexington Planning Commission cleared the way on Thursday for the land to be developed.

 

The commission adopted the South Nicholasville Road Small Area Plan, which will guide future development along the corridor, including the 52 acre-Fritz Farm and the nearby 103-acre University of Kentucky Horticultural Research Farm.

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History of CentrePointe block lives thanks to man's obsession

By Amy Wilson, Herald-Leader, November 19, 2009

 

Richie Wireman saw the green shiny stone on a Sunday when he was 17 feet below street level. Wireman had been photographing the demolition of the businesses on the downtown block bounded by Vine, Main, Limestone and Upper streets for weeks. It was a documentary of destruction, at turns beautiful and eerie, tragic and luminous.

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Retail survey to show what downtown needs

group begins inventory of area's business needs, obstacles

By Beverly Fortune, Herald-Leader, November 23, 2009

 

The Downtown Development Authority has initiated a retail survey to find ways of encouraging more locally owned businesses to open downtown.

 

As the first step, "We inventoried what is on the first floor of every building in the downtown core, whether it is food, office, entertainment, commercial or if it's vacant," Harold Tate, president of the DDA, told board members Monday.

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Lexington council to file financing application for Angliana development

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

 

A proposed $70 million development on Angliana Avenue that would include a 12-screen movie theater, bowling alley, restaurants, shops and apartments will become the city's third tax-increment financing project.

 

At its meeting Thursday night, the Urban County Council approved authorizing the city to file a TIF application with the state Economic Development Cabinet on behalf of Showprop.

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Lexington council approves $68 million in bonds, including Distillery District

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

 

Urban County Council on Thursday approved $68 million in bonds for projects, including $2.2 million for infrastructure in the Distillery District and $12.5 million for sidewalks and rain gardens downtown.

 

Most of the bonds, $48 million, will pay for projects that have already started, such as renovations to the Lyric Theater, overhaul of South Limestone Street and storm sewer repairs.

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CastlePost was a partial castle constructed in the 1960s by a very wealthy individual. It was to be a gift for his wife. She died, he became depressed, and did nothing with the half-constructed castle until he died in the early 2000s. It has been completed and it is... beautiful.

 

Neighbors go to court to slow traffic to Woodford's CastlePost

By Greg Kocher, Herald-Leader, December 11, 2009

 

VERSAILLES — Some neighbors hope to reverse a November decision that allows an unlimited number of events at the CastlePost, the Woodford County landmark on U.S. 60 west of Lexington.

 

They take issue with lifting some restrictions that had been imposed on the castle by the local board of adjustments.

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City to get tough on 'vinyl-box' owners

City seeks injunction against some boarding house owners

By Beverly Fortune, Herald-Leader, December 12, 2009

 

City officials will go to Fayette Circuit Court on Monday seeking a temporary injunction against homeowners who are operating six houses as boarding houses in single-family residential neighborhoods, a violation of the Lexington zoning codes.

 

The houses, owned by James Michael Haley and Michelle Haley, are at 1113, 1115 and 1201 Crescent Avenue, 200 University Avenue, 231 Forest Park and 453 Oldham Avenue.

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Health care built for this century

$762 million plan for facility has long-range view

By Ryan Alessi, Herald-Leader, December 14, 2009

 

The plan for the new $762 million University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital that towers over South Limestone is for it to remain relevant for a century — an ambitious long-range view.

 

Rapid technological changes in medicine these days can make a new hospital seem dated as soon as it opens. But UK has built flexibility into its construction to allow for future needs in medical care.

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Lexington hospitals building to be the best

UK, ST. JOSEPH, CENTRAL BAPTIST RACE TO EXPAND

By Cheryl Truman, Herald-Leader, December 13, 2009

 

In 2008, the payroll at Toyota in Georgetown was $537 million.

 

At Lexington's three big hospitals — UK HealthCare, Central Baptist and St. Joseph — the combined payroll for a year is more than $1 billion. That's without benefits.

 

A major engine of Central Kentucky's economy — health care is poised for even more explosive growth over the next decade. As each hospital builds new, more sophisticated facilities, the rivalry among them will intensify for patients, for awards, and for the best doctors as health care reform ups the ante on how the market is divided.

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Gateway to Lexington's East End neighborhood opens

Herald-Leader, December 16, 2009

 

A new gateway to Lexington's East End neighborhood was created Wednesday with the opening of Shropshire Avenue extension. Shropshire now connects East Sixth Street to Midland Avenue.

 

Also, new street signs for the neighborhood, with the East End logo, were unveiled. Over the next several months, 518 street signs in the East End will be replaced.

 

The $2.4 million Shropshire Avenue extension provides access to a neighborhood that been isolated from much of downtown, said Austin Simms, executive director of the Lexington-Fayette County Housing Authority. "This opens up all kinds of opportunities for the neighborhood to be reintegrated into the city," he said.

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CentrePit, CentrePasture — what's next?

By Tom Eblen, Herald-Leader, December 20, 2009

 

Efforts to build the 35-story CentrePointe tower seem to be as dead as developer Dudley Webb's mysterious financier.

 

Since the project stalled more than a year ago, CentrePointe has become the ultimate Lexington irony: a block developed for more than two centuries that has been cleared, planted in grass and fenced like a horse farm.

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Streetscaping downtown Lexington

UrbanUp, January 26, 2010

 

Lexington, Kentucky has a deep connection with its thoroughbreds and is known as the "Horse Capital of the World" due to its acclaim for everything equine. To help preserve this ideal, the city has been actively engaged in land conservation, planning and development for almost a century, becoming a pioneer in adopting an Urban Service Boundary in 1958.

 

Click through to read more on this entry, and be sure to check out the newest UrbanUp article, Streetscaping Lexington.

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Yes! What we need. A suburban CVS with two drive-through lanes!

 

Demolition to begin soon for downtown drugstore

By Scott Sloan, Herald-Leader, March 23, 2010

 

A deal is expected shortly to bring a drugstore back to downtown Lexington.

 

A fence has been erected in anticipation of demolishing three buildings at the intersection of Main and Vine streets near Midland Avenue, where it's expected a CVS will be locating.

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Central Baptist announces major expansion, delays Hamburg hospital

By Jim Warren, Herald-Leader, April 15, 2010

 

Central Baptist Hospital announced Wednesday it will spend $200 million to expand its Nicholasville Road campus with a seven-story addition that will include a cancer center and a women's center.

 

The addition, totaling almost 338,000 square feet, will be built just north of Central Baptist's existing hospital. Construction is to start late this summer, with completion expected in two to 21/2 years.

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Pavilion in Cheapside Park opens

By Patrick Sullivan, Herald-Leader, April 16, 2010

 

The Fifth Third Bank Pavilion in Cheapside Park officially opened Friday.

 

The ribbon was cut by Fifth Third Bank Central Kentucky President & CEO Sam Barnes, Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry, councilmembers and representatives of the Downtown Lexington Corp., businesses and the Farmers Market.

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Turning trash into treasure

By Tom Eblen, Herald-Leader columnist, April 20, 2010

 

Thursday marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, so everyone should know by now that recycling is good for the environment. But here's something you may not know: it's good for your wallet, too.

 

Thanks to Lexington's growing recycling program, everyone's trash is becoming everyone's treasure.

 

Since Lexington began citywide recycling in 1991, the city has earned taxpayers more and more money each year by selling recyclable material to contractors. Recycling also has saved taxpayers money by reducing landfill costs.

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Finishing touches appearing on South Limestone

reconstruction nears completion

By Beverly Fortune, Herald-Leader, April 26, 2010

 

Finishing touches are starting to appear on South Limestone, and the overhaul of the street between Avenue of Champions and Vine Street is on schedule for completion by July 1, George Milligan, the city's streetscape project manager, said Monday.

 

Between Avenue of Champions and Maxwell Street, sidewalks are finished, and decorative blue glass accent pavers are 90 percent installed, Milligan said. Paver work should be completed by week's end. Also, new streetlights are operational.

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Outsiders appreciate our architecture more than we do

By Tom Eblen, Herald-Leader columnist, April 28, 2010

 

One of the drawbacks to Central Kentucky's growth during the past half-century is that so much of its beautiful landscape and remarkable architectural heritage have been lost to unremarkable development.

 

That fact was brought home this month by visits from two groups from elsewhere — a tour organized by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America and a regional gathering of the American Institute of Architecture Students.

 

The first group spent three full days touring the Bluegrass's magnificent — or, at least, once-magnificent — classical buildings. Most of the tourists were architects, interior designers and other professionals from all over the country. To say they were impressed would be an understatement.

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Messy downtown Lexington expected to be ready for WEG

By Beverly Fortune, Herald-Leader, May 26, 2010

 

Torn-up sidewalks and closed traffic lanes confront downtown pedestrians and motorists as Lexington attempts to remake its appearance before the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games this fall.

 

Downtown's two major east-west streets — Main and Vine — are obstacle courses of destruction and construction, but the city expects the work to be finished by Aug. 20, more than a month before the Games begin.

 

The city's ambitious $31 million Downtown Streetscape Plan, paid for with local, state and federal funds, includes Main, Vine, South Limestone and Cheapside Park.

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This was initiated basically because of the CVS/Pharmacy that is locating on the site of the once-proposed Main & Vine urban development on the eastern fringe of downtown. Instead of a four-level mixed-use development, the city is pretty much receiving a suburban drugstore (much needed drugstore) with a drive-through and surface lot.

 

Lexington planners take first step toward design standards

By Beverly Fortune, Herald-Leader, May. 27, 2010

 

Lexington planners took the first steps on Thursday in moving toward establishing design standards for new buildings in the city.

 

Chris King, head of the planning division, outlined for the Urban County Council's planning committee what it would mean for the city to adopt form-based guidelines. The guidelines would regulate such elements as the size and shape of a building, the distance it is set back from the street and the number of windows and doors. The guidelines would not regulate the building's use, King said.

 

"These form-based codes are basically where you say, 'We really don't care very much what's in there, but we do care what the it looks like,'" King said.

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Eh, I have copies and articles but don't feel my contributions here are all that desired, so I haven't been posting as much. I can pm you a link to it all.

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^I always find your contributions in this thread, the Huntington WV thread, and the Xavier thread to be good.  (For whatever that's worth.)

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I actually like this design. Compared to the original proposal, which was a phallic, oversized box - similar in mass to Queen City Square that did not open up much to the street, and the second proposal which was a flatter and shorter design with an auto loop, this one works out in that it has a ring of smaller buildings facing Main for offices and retail (Jeff Ruby will be one of the prime tenants), and a tubular inner core.

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does not look like this version is on any better footing than the others were -- funding unknown except for one guy who would like to have a steakhouse in there.

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http://www.kentucky.com/2014/10/20/3491090/shriners-hospital-iconic-lexington.html

Shriners Hospital: Iconic Lexington institution gets ready to move from longtime home

BY CHERYL TRUMAN

ctruman@herald-leader.comOctober 20, 2014 Updated 19 minutes ago

 

Shriners Hospital has been a fixture on Richmond Road for as long as most Lexingtonians can remember — the 117,000-square-foot hospital sits atop a big slope on 27 acres where visitors gather to watch fireworks in the summer and to sled in the winter.

 

The new $50 million, 100,000-square-foot hospital between Conn Terrace and State Street, a pedway's walk away from the main UK Hospital, will begin construction in February 2015 and should be ready for occupancy by May 2017.

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http://urbanup.net/2014/10/30/construction-watch-university-kentucky-football-training-facility/

 

With the success of the University of Kentucky’s football program as of late, it was conceivable that a new facility would be built for indoor football training.

 

In January 2014, the university’s Board of Trustees approved a plan to construct such a complex as an addition to the Nutter Indoor Training Center along Alumni Drive in Lexington, Kentucky. The privately-financed $45 million building will open in mid-2016.

 

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