Developers Promising CentrePointe Groundbreaking Soon Despite Potential Hurdles

Oct 30, 2013

CentrePointe developers say they anticipate a groundbreaking date within the next week for the controversial downtown project.

Credit EOP Architects

Still, a number of potential hurdles could mean more delays.

Developer Dudley Webb had hoped for a groundbreaking by the end of October with construction to begin in early November, but the project, which hasn’t yet received final permit approval from the city, still needs the go-ahead from federal officials.

Webb needs the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to waive the requirements for what’s called a 404 Permit, which is required if there is a disturbance to wetlands or any moving body of water near the construction. Town Branch runs under the area bordering the property. At a Courthouse Area Design Review Board meeting earlier this month, Webb told Business Lexington those concerns were being taken into consideration.

"We're addressing the storm water. We're addressing the Town Branch. We're addressing the geotech issues," Webb said.

But should the federal government decides a 404 is required, the Kentucky Heritage Council could also get involved. The council says, in that case, more environmental surveys of the site would be needed prior to construction. Craig Potts, executive director of the council, says that there were a number of historic resources on the site where significant archeology might still be present.

Meanwhile, the city has to determine if Webb has the proper financing in place and if additional engineering work has been finished before it approves a permit.