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Hearing set on demolition of buildings

Circuit Court Judge Pamela Goodwine set a hearing for July 22 on Preserve Lexington's request for an injunction to keep CentrePointe developers from razing several historic buildings. CentrePointe's attorney agreed that developers would not tear the buildings down in the meantime.

Because of a crowded schedule Wednesday, Goodwine said she did not have time to give the issue a full hearing.

Preserve Lexington sought a temporary injunction while they appeal a decision made last week by the Courthouse Area Design Review Board that gave developers a permit to raze buildings in the protected courthouse area.

The decision was appealed this week to the Planning Commission, which has 90 days to make a decision. The losing side, at that point, can file a lawsuit in circuit court.

Centrepointe attorney Phil Scott said the developers could not tear the buildings down right away, anyway, because they did not have a demolition permit.

Meanwhile, demolition began Wednesday on buildings on the CentrePointe block that are outside the Courthouse Area Design Review Board's jurisdiction.

The buildings are coming down as developers prepare to build a 35-story hotel-condominium complex that would take up an entire block of downtown Lexington.

Preservationists have been fighting to change the design of the project to incorporate existing buildings on the block.