Group honors builders of eight loft projects

The Downtown Lexington Corp. is giving its 2008 Urban Innovation Award to the developers of eight loft apartment projects, "for their willingness to take risks and make large investments in downtown."

The winners, who will be honored Dec. 8 at the group's annual meeting and awards luncheon, are the developers of The 500s on Main, Artek Lofts, CenterCourt, Kimball House Square, Main & Rose LLC, Newpast on Main, Nunn Lofts LLC and Wellington Arms.

The corporation also announced the winners of five other excellence awards Monday:

■ The Landscape and Streetscape Award, for maintaining "visual pleasantness downtown," will go to developer Phil Holoubek and his Main & Rose LLC for "the art, landscape and fountains of the Broadway side of the Clean Sweep Car Wash."

■ The Leadership Achievement Award will go to the American Institute of Architects East Kentucky Chapter, "for their 'ritualistic' commitment to carry out multiple events each year for the betterment of the community."

■ The Perfect Partner Award will go to the Kentucky Blood Center, "for their commitment to saving lives, being good stewards of their resources and building strong community relationships."

■ The Outstanding Individual Award will go to Harold Tate, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority, "for his unwavering commitment to promote development, land uses and activities that make downtown Lexington the lively, thriving, stimulating and diverse economic, cultural and residential heart of Central Kentucky."

■ The Smiley Pete Award, which is given to the organization or person that has a great impact on how people feel about downtown, will go to the parking enforcement agency Lexpark "for ensuring that everyone can now find a parking spot when they need it."