The Courthouse Area Design Review Board gave Parlay Social, a Prohibition-themed nightclub at 249 West Short Street, approval Wednesday to add a fourth floor to the downtown Lexington building.
Owner Bob Estes said two-thirds of the space would be enclosed for nightclub events and private parties. The remainder would become a roof-top patio, providing a panoramic view of downtown, he said. "You can see historic church steeples and Sayre School in one direction, the Fifth Third Pavilion and Cheapside Park in the other."
Estes is president of the Cheapside Entertainment District Association.
The three-story building lies within the Courthouse Area Design Review Zone, where all demolition or changes to the exteriors of buildings must be approved by the board.
In 2008, Estes bought the old Southern Mutual Trust building, constructed in the 1890s, and renovated the first floor into a nightclub. The second floor houses the law offices of Varellas & Varellas. The third floor is Estes' four-bedroom penthouse.
In other action, the Courthouse Review Board approved a change to the South Upper Street side of the base of the hotel proposed on the CentrePointe block. Architect Rick Ekhoff asked to put 11 one-bedroom apartments on the second, third and fourth floors of the base, with windows and balconies looking out on South Upper.
The board also agreed to allow developers to add two floors to the office building proposed on the east side of the CentrePointe block.