Public Meeting Planned for CentrePointe Design

Feb 27, 2012

A fifth version of the CentrePointe design will be open for public comment at a meeting in downtown Lexington this week.

“We’re basically ready to get this thing built,” says Rick Ekhoff of EOP Architects.

Ekhoff and developers from The Webb Companies hope the latest renderings will be the final design for the hotel, condominium, and retail space. Planning on the project started four years ago but the Webbs ran into funding problems.

The new building proposal went before the Courthouse Area Design Review Board earlier this month.

“We thought it was a very positive meeting. We walked out of there encouraged. The comments that we heard told us that we were in the right direction,” says Ekhoff.

One design element the Review Board took issue with is a proposed pedway connecting CentrePointe to the Lexington Financial Center parking garage. Ekhoff says the latest renderings integrate some ideas presented last year by Chicago architect Jeanne Gang and meets the needs of possible tenants.

“We continue to look at the tower top, so I think the public’s going to see some new things there. We’ve continued to look at the event terrace, which is one the fourth floor, roof garden area, [and] the gallery, which connects Main Street to Vine Street.”

The CentrePointe public meeting will start at 5:00 Thursday evening at Arts Place on N. Mill Street.