Vice Mayor Jim Gray knew in 2007 that the stalled CentrePointe development in the center of Lexington was doomed because he had seen similar projects fall apart elsewhere, he said Thursday evening at a mayoral forum hosted by neighborhood associations in the 3rd Urban County Council District.
"I'm not going to apologize because I was right," said Gray, who is challenging incumbent Mayor Jim Newberry in the May 18 primary.
Newberry had earlier said that "it is irresponsible to oppose a lawful development just because we don't like who's doing it or what it looks like" and inappropriate to judge the validity of business plan of a private development.
In response to a question about future town-and-gown relationships from people who live in neighborhoods with many University of Kentucky students, Newberry said he had a long-standing relationship with UK President Lee T. Todd Jr.
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Gray said he also has known Todd for a long time, but added that "relationships that are too cozy can be a real problem."
Candidate Skip Horine also took part in the forum, but former Mayor Teresa Isaac wasn't there.