Barriers go up at CentrePointe block in preparation for initial site work

bmusgrave@herald-leader.comDecember 15, 2013 

Crews installed concrete construction barricades around the CentrePointe block on Sunday as prep work began at the site in downtown Lexington.

MATT GOINS — Herald-Leader Buy Photo

Crews set up concrete barriers Sunday around a downtown Lexington block in preparation for initial site work for the long-delayed CentrePointe project.

The block, bounded by Vine, Main, Limestone and Upper streets, also was closed Sunday.

City officials warned in a news release Friday that traffic and sidewalks around the block would be affected starting Sunday as crews prepare to dig at the site for a 700-space, three-story underground parking garage. The garage will take four to five months to build. Crews will have to blast limestone underneath topsoil on the site. Blasting will not occur for another month, and businesses and residents will be given notice before blasting begins, city officials and CentrePointe developers said.

The long-delayed CentrePointe development includes a parking garage, an office tower, retail and restaurant space, an apartment complex and a hotel. The office tower will be built after the parking garage is finished.

All sidewalks and metered parking around the CentrePointe block are now closed, and the left turn lane from South Limestone onto Main Street is blocked. Motorists wishing to turn left onto Main Street will have to turn use the center lane.

Check out WKYT's live video feed from the site.

Beth Musgrave: (859) 231-3205. Twitter:@HLCityhall.

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