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Old July 14th, 2011, 04:16 PM   #1
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LEXINGTON | CentrePointe Tower | 200ft | 19 fl | Pro

So many grand ambitions, all whittled down to 3 sad boxes:

Another value-engineered redesign and this, apparently, is how it ends:

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Revamped centrepointe design with CMMI of Atlanta as the main architect again.

http://bizlex.com/2013/10/new-centre...ment-building/










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Actual Herald leader article.

New CentrePointe design includes 30-story bundle of 'tubes'

By Beverly Fortune — [email protected]

Jul 13, 2011

Chicago architect Jeanne Gang released renderings of a new concept for the CentrePointe block in downtown Lexington that show a 30-story tower accompanied by an 8-story asymmetrical office building.

The taller structure, which would be slightly shorter than the blue Financial Center building, has the appearance of a bundle of tubes arranged to let air and sunlight flow between them. It would include a 10-story hotel, 10 stories of apartments, seven floors of condominiums and three floors of penthouses.

"The benefit of the tubes is you can go inside and on top of them and have public spaces," Gang said in a telephone interview on Wednesday.

Gang, of Studio Gang Architects, will present the designs at a public meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Kentucky Theatre. She also will announce five architectural firms selected to collaborate with her design team on a cluster of smaller buildings on the block that will front Main Street.

Developers Dudley and Woodford Webb hired Gang in March to propose a new design for the block where 14 historic buildings were razed in 2008. The Webb's initial plan for the block — a single building with a tower that would house a hotel, condominiums and a retail complex — stalled because of a lack of financing. Critics said the plan did not fit the scale of downtown Lexington.

The original CentrePointe plan showed "a big slab building right on top of Main Street," she said. "We broke that into two volumes to give us more elegant proportions and to avoid putting shadows all over Main Street and the courthouse."

In the latest design, the tower will front Vine Street and the asymmetrical building will front Limestone. All retail spaces and the hotel lobby will open onto the street.

A gallery space will cut through the block where there might be a sculpture garden, Gang said. The cluster of buildings along Main Street will likely be similar to ones that used to be there, she said.

When in Lexington in early June, Gang said she wanted different architects to design the smaller buildings to give the block variety and local flavor.

Twenty-five firms applied to work with Gang. In selecting architects, she looked for ones with design qualifications, experience and past collaborative efforts. Some will be from Lexington, others from out in the state.
New centrepointe rendering of the two towers with the tallest being 388 ft! http://tomeblen.bloginky.com/2011/07...ns-here/#lexky



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One of the best designs I've seen in a long time.
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Old July 16th, 2011, 06:14 PM   #3
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More great additions from our forumer lexc5812:

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looks like lexington green then centrepointe for jeff ruby's.

Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse expresses interest, developer talks strategy at CentrePointe design unveiling



By Beverly Fortune — [email protected]

Jul 14, 2011

As several hundred people warmly received a new design for Lexington's CentrePointe at a meeting Thursday, the downtown block's developer revealed some strategy about financing, and a steakhouse owner expressed interest in building a restaurant there.

In addition, Chicago architect Jeanne Gang, whose firm came up with the design, announced the names of five Kentucky firms that will participate in the project.

Gang unveiled a plan including a 30-story tower to include a hotel, apartments and condominium; an eight-story office building; a pedestrian passway through the block; and several small buildings, including five that would face Main Street. The taller building is made up of a bundle of tubes of different heights, arranged to allow sunshine and air to flow between them. Roof gardens would top several of the tubes.

Local photographer Guy Mendes said he was surprised at his own positive reaction, calling the design "the most exciting thing that has happened in Lexington in a long time."

Lexington architect Richard Levine said Gang and her team from Studio Gang Architects had delved into Lexington's history and gained a real understanding of the city. In June, Gang held a public meeting to solicit ideas from the community. "Now we have enormous amount of public enthusiasm" for the project, Levine said. "They have done a fantastic job of bringing the community into the process to have an emotional ownership" in whatever is built.

Whether the project ever gets off the ground depends on whether developers Dudley and Woodford Webb find financial backing.

The original CentrePointe design — one large building that filled the entire downtown block — failed because of a lack of financing. The block has been vacant since 14 buildings were razed in 2008.

Dudley Webb said on Thursday he was not trying for traditional bank financing but was looking to other sources. He declined to elaborate.

Webb said he was optimistic because of strong community support for the new design and because the latest design has about 15 separate pieces that could be developed in phases. "It's a little easier with this concept to get financing, because you can find investors to do smaller buildings, unlike finding one investor for one large building," he said.

Mayor Jim Gray has offered his help to find financing. Gray, one of the fiercest critics of the Webbs' original CentrePointe project, arranged for the Webbs to meet Gang. The Webbs ended up hiring Gang to do a new design for the block.

"I will do all I can, whenever I can, to help this project," Gray said on Thursday. "If I can make a phone call, go see somebody, I'll do it."

Jeff Ruby, owner of Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse restaurants in Cincinnati and Louisville, attended Thursday's meeting — sitting with Dudley Webb — and said he wants to put a restaurant on the CentrePointe block. But he said he doesn't want to wait for the rest of the project to get started.

"I told Dudley we want to go ahead and do the restaurant now. Dudley agreed, " Ruby said. Ruby took the Webbs to eat at his Louisville restaurant earlier in the week.

Webb said he and Ruby are in the midst of negotiations. The two will meet again next week. Ruby has run full-page ads in the Herald-Leader saying he was opening a steakhouse in Lexington, but he has declined to give a location.

Gang announced Thursday the five architectural firms that will collaborate with her design team on several small buildings on the block. Their designs would be shown at a public meeting sometime before the overall design goes to the Courthouse Area Design Review Board for approval in the fall.

The firms are:

■ J. Quintin Biagi PSC, the firm of David Biagi, who is director of the school of architecture at the University of Kentucky.

■ CSC Design Studio, with Richard S. Levine.

■ EOP Architects, with Rick Ekhoff and Richard Polk and Brent Bruner.

■ Omni Architects with Michael Jacobs and Eric Zabilka.

■ Ross Tarrant Architects, with Martha Tarrant, and Pohl Rosa Pohl, with Graham Pohl.

The five firms were selected from among 25 applicants.

Ekhoff said his firm was "overwhelmed" at being selected. "This is one of the most significant things to happen in downtown in a long time, and we're happy to be a part of it," he said.

Jacobs said the excitement he saw at Thursday's meeting and a public meeting Gang held in June "is unlike anything I've seen in Lexington in 25 years." Of the proposed project, Jacobs said, "We need this right now because the economy is so flat. The jobs it would create would have a big impact on our economic recovery in Lexington."
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Old July 16th, 2011, 10:23 PM   #4
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Old July 25th, 2011, 07:42 PM   #5
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whooa, very nice. this one needs some more attention! this tower is going to be the new landmark in the city!
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Old October 23rd, 2011, 04:42 AM   #6
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CentrePointe Architect Wins Mac Arthur Grant Prize

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Lexingtonians aren’t the only ones impressed with architect Jeanne Gang, whom developers Dudley and Woodford Webb hired earlier this year to redesign their stalled CentrePointe project downtown.

Gang, 47, was chosen today as one of 22 winners of an unrestricted, $500,000 MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant.

The prestigious grants are given each year to talented U.S. citizens or residents who have shown “exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work.”

In choosing the architect for the award, the foundation said this: “Always responsive to the specific geography, social and environmental context, and purpose of each project, Gang creates bold yet functional forms for residential, educational, and commercial buildings.”

Gang and her Chicago-based firm, Studio Gang Architects, have built projects all over the world. Her best known building is the 82-story Aqua tower, which opened in Chicago last year.

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Old October 23rd, 2011, 04:44 AM   #7
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More CentrePointe:




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Old October 23rd, 2011, 05:21 AM   #8
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Old October 31st, 2011, 05:25 AM   #9
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This would be a very nice addition to Lexington. It would definitely revitalize the city's CBD.
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Old November 12th, 2011, 06:46 AM   #10
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Major Redesign?

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Architect Jeanne Gang no longer involved with CentrePointe, developer says

By Beverly Fortune— [email protected]

Posted: 12:00am on Oct 28, 2011; Modified: 2:46pm on Oct 28, 2011

Chicago architect Jeanne Gang, hired in March to come up with a new design for downtown Lexington's empty CentrePointe block, is no longer involved in the project, developer Dudley Webb said Thursday.

Webb said Gang and her firm Studio Gang Architects were hired to do a master plan for the block "and share her vision of what she thought this project might be. She completed her work. She sent her final invoice, and it has been paid," he said. Webb could not recall the exact date but said that occurred several weeks ago.

Graham Pohl, whose firm Pohl Rosa Pohl was one of five guest architectural firms selected by Gang to design several smaller buildings on the block, expressed "great disappointment." "Jeanne brought the opportunity for something world-class and totally exceptional to Lexington that would have totally transformed the city. Without her involvement, that is not going to happen," Pohl said.

The design for the block by Gang called for a 30-story tower that would include a 10-story boutique hotel, 10 floors of apartments, seven floors of condominiums and three floors of penthouses. The structure appeared to be a bundle of tubes, of various heights, arranged to let air and sunlight flow among them.

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Gang's vision for the CentrePointe block included a boutique hotel. Webb said he and Gang both talked with the owners of 21C Museum Hotel in Louisville, trying to recruit them to open a hotel in Lexington. "When that didn't work, ... we went back to our original design for a convention hotel, which is much larger," he said. Webb said the hotel would be a J.W. Marriott. "The design with the bundles wouldn't work."

Asked whether Gang was given an opportunity to design a larger hotel, Webb said that Marriott "only deals with architects who have done convention hotels in the past, so consequently, we were at a dead end on that one." He said he met with Gang and "explained we were going in a different direction."

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Old November 12th, 2011, 05:57 PM   #11
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Lovely tower! Much better!
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Old December 15th, 2011, 01:42 AM   #12
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I certainly think Lexington could use more of a downtown landscape. The current skyline doesn't tell the story of the true population of the city. Right at 400K people. It looks like a downtown of a city of 150K.
I think Jim Grey will get it done. They wanted it to be done before the equstrian games in 2010 but that didn't work out.
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Old February 18th, 2012, 04:16 AM   #13
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Per the termination of architect Jeanne Gang, Centrepoint has bee redesigned. Here are the new renders for what will be a 28 story main tower:

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New Centrepointe drawings and article...I dont really care what it looks like anymore just hope it gets built.





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Old February 18th, 2012, 04:21 AM   #14
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Here are some renderings from EOP Blog. I think it's an encouraging sign that 4 of the bigger tenants have already signed on.

Bigger Rendering of the project at night






No word as yet on the new height but it may now be >100m or 340-380 ft., possibly less.
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New design is a joke - again, and again...

Geez, how many times are you people in central Kentucky going to play with this? This new design is sooooo pedestrian, it looks like a design out of the late 50's, or early 60's. Why didn't they go with a winning design, the second incarnation with the steeple top? It would have been the tallest, and the best of the lot. Even the tubes are better than this NYC 50's Seagram building. This new design has nothing to brag about. Rebuild Main St., why tear it down if you are going to put little low rise buildings back there? This block is going to be a complete throw away block, just like Lexington is, throw away, left behind, myopic, Ky's backward joke...
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Old February 24th, 2012, 12:36 PM   #16
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The first design of Jeanne Gang is spectacular. If they won't build it here, i hope another city would have it. Such a nice design deserves to be build.
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Latest incarnation of redesigned CentrePointe block gets positive reception
By Beverly Fortune — [email protected]

Posted: 8:27pm on Mar 1, 2012; Modified: 11:32am on Mar 2, 2012



About 200 people turned out for a public meeting Thursday at ArtsPlace to see the fifth and latest design for Lexington's downtown CentrePointe block, and the reaction was mostly positive.

"I'm excited about it. It shows the benefit of opening up the planning process," said businessman Gay Reading, owner of the Greentree Tearoom on West Short Street.

"The exterior of the hotel, if you look at it closely, is almost lacy the way it's broken up," Reading said. "It's a far cry from the Stalinesque look of the original CentrePointe design."

The layout of the block is similar to what Chicago architect Jeanne Gang proposed when, at the urging of Mayor Jim Gray, developer Dudley Webb hired her to come up with a new vision for the block. The block was cleared in 2008 and has been vacant ever since. Financing never came through for the project. Without a clear explanation, Webb let Gang go after she did a master plan for the block and hired EOP Architects of Lexington.

EOP presented its design Thursday and encouraged feedback from those in attendance. The plan calls for a glass-and-limestone hotel tower at the corner of South Upper and Vine streets, a nine-story asymmetrical office building at Limestone and Main, and four low-rise buildings along Main Street for street-level retail and apartments on the floors above.

A glass building with what looks like leaning tree trunks on the exterior was shown for the corner of Vine and Limestone. A 45-foot-long, glass-covered pedestrian walkway, lined with retail shops, cuts through the block to connect Main to Vine street.

The four Main Street buildings, each looking unique, were designed by four architects — Graham Pohl, David Biagi, Dick Levine and EOP.

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This is better than the Gang design. Seriously, say "Gang" and hipper-than-thou urbanists do a circle-jerk. Oh, and Aqua is also overrated.

Gang herself is pretty hot though.
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The new design is also very good.

They should build 'em both.
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CentrePointe 5 years later: still no building, but lots of impact



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For a project yet to be built, CentrePointe has had a big impact on Lexington.

The most immediate impact was the election of Mayor Jim Gray in November 2010. Were it not for the controversy surrounding CentrePointe, I doubt then-Vice Mayor Gray would have run against, much less unseated, Mayor Jim Newberry.

What Gray understood — and Newberry didn’t — was that CentrePointe focused many people’s longtime frustrations about development in Lexington. People didn’t like the secrecy, the politics and the often-mediocre results. Most of all, people wanted more say in how their city looks. They didn’t want Lexington’s architectural heritage bulldozed at a developer’s whim. Development occurs on private property, but everyone must look at it and live with it.

Five years later, CentrePointe is still a grassy field waiting for developer Dudley Webb to find financing and tenants. But the project has taught Lexington some valuable lessons.

One lesson is the value of historic preservation. Webb was quick to demolish an entire block, including some buildings that were more than a century old and could have been renovated into unique, valuable space within his larger development. Lexington’s biggest development trend since then has been for entrepreneurs to renovate fine old buildings and adapt them for new uses — restaurants, bars, stores, offices and homes. These projects make economic sense and preserve Lexington’s history and unique charm.

Another lesson is that good design matters. With CentrePointe stalled and Gray in the mayor’s office, Webb felt pressure to hire top architectural talent and get public input to redesign his project. That work dramatically improved his development plan. The CentrePointe redesign also helped pave the way for Louisville-based 21c to decide to build one of its acclaimed hotels and contemporary art museums across the street. The 21c Museum Hotel will be in the century-old Fayette National building, which will get an extensive renovation.

That momentum helped Lexington attract world-class talent to design competitions for two public projects that could transform downtown: the Arena, Arts and Entertainment District and Town Branch Commons.

The arena area plan calls for renovating Rupp Arena, building a bigger convention center and gradually redeveloping more than 30 acres ofunderused, city-owned surface parking lots. The winning plan for Town Branch Commons would turn marginalized downtown property into a linear park along the historic path of Town Branch Creek. Such projects in other cities have created popular amenities that have attracted many times their cost in new private investment.

Gary Bates, a highly regarded American architect now based in Norway, was chosen to develop the arena district plan. The winning Town Branch Commons plan was designed by Kate Orff of New York, one of landscape architecture’s rising stars. Why is such world-class talent suddenly being attracted to Lexington? Because the city has set the bar higher. Why is that important? Because if Lexington wants to attract the best employers, it must create an environment where the best and brightest people want to live and work.

One final lesson from CentrePointe is that Lexington needs better laws and processes to both encourage good development and prevent bad development, especially downtown. A city task force has spent a lot of time studying “design excellence.” Now, with new leadership from Councilman Steve Kay and help from a consultant, task force members have begun trying to figure out how to turn talk into action.

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