Chicago architect to present detailed designs for CentrePointe block

bfortune@herald-leader.comJuly 8, 2011 

A public meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday in the Kentucky Theatre with Chicago architect Jeanne Gang, who is creating a new design for the CentrePointe block.

Gang was hired by developers Dudley and Woodford Webb to come up with a new design for the block that has sat empty since 2008, when 14 buildings were torn down. The project has been stalled because of a lack of financing.

When Gang was in Lexington in June for a meeting to gather public input, she said she envisioned a cluster of smaller, contemporary buildings along Main Street designed by local architects. Two towers would be on the block — the shorter one with retail and office space, the taller one housing a hotel and condominiums.

Gang said she would return in mid-July with a detailed design for the towers and to announce the Kentucky architects who will be involved in the project.

Reach Beverly Fortune at (859) 231-3251 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 3251.

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