New CentrePointe Designs Greeted With Enthusiasm

Lexington, KY – Lexingtonians got an up-close look at the latest designs for the CentrePointe block downtown Thursday night.

Chicago architect Jeanne Gang presented the newly fleshed out CentrePointe designs to a packed house at the Kentucky Theatre Thursday night. The new vision for the block includes a 30-story tower made up of "bundled tubes" inspired by the coral in Kentucky limestone and five smaller structures designed by local architects. After viewing the model in the lobby, Robert Maras, a teacher who has visited other buildings by the architect, said he was excited to see what he considers a truly collaborative effort.

"To have residences, condos, apartments, restaurants, office space, and a nice green environment for this city is, I think, the greatest thing to happen to Lexington and I've lived here 40 years," he said.

Residents will get a look at the designs for the smaller buildings in late fall.