The city's Division of Building Inspection gave the go-ahead Friday for the Webb Companies to take down four properties on South Limestone to begin clearing the block for construction of the CentrePointe luxury high-rise hotel, condominium and retail complex.
The buildings are 109, 117, 119-121 South Limestone.
Approval was not given to immediately raze 111 South Limestone because of asbestos concerns.
“They can start tearing them down tomorrow,” said Susan Straub, spokeswoman for the city, when asked about a timetable for demolition.
Diversified Demolition, a Lexington company, has the contract to raze the buildings.
Code Inspection roped off one-third of the parking lot next to the Rite Aid building on Friday because of concerns that the building's wall was unstable and could collapse.
Also on Friday, a request to demolish the remaining buildings on the block was submitted to Building Inspection office. There will be a 30-day hold on getting the permit while the Office of Historic Preservation conducts a historical study of the buildings and weighs an appeal to the Planning Commission.
“This starts the 30-day clock ticking,” Straub said.
Developer Dudley Webb's company owns the Rite Aid building at 100 West Main and 152 West Main that formerly housed the Mad Hatter hat shop.
Webb said businessman Joe Rosenberg's family owns the remaining buildings.
Among those owned by the Rosenbergs is 126 South Upper Street, the Rosenberg jewelry store and pawn shop.Dating back to 1826, it is considered the oldest commercial building in downtown Lexington that has been in continuous use since it was built.
All of those buildings will come down.