City Seeks to Raise Hotel Tax to Fund Rupp Renovation

City wants to increase hotel tax for Rupp project; UK confirms support by Beth Musgrave, 3.5.14, Kentucky.com The city of Lexington wants the state legislature to give it authority to raise taxes on hotel and motel rooms by 2.5 percentage points to help pay for a proposed $310 million renovation of Rupp Arena and the […]

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Krikorian Developer Strikes Deal for Lot on High Across from Rupp Arena

Deal Struck for Downtown Movie Theater Across Street from Previously Announced Theater by Erik A. Carlson, 3.5.15, BizLex.com Lexington, KY – California movie theater developer George Krikorian is planning to build an 11-screen movie theater in downtown Lexington, directly across Broadway from the site of another planned movie theater. Krikorian finalized an agreement with Robert […]

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Krikorian Coming to Location Across from Proposed IMAX

Calif. developer to build multiplex theater on Broadway, across from proposed IMAX by Beth Musgrave, 3.5.14, Kentucky.com A Los Angeles theater group will begin construction this summer on a multiplex theater at the corner of South Broadway and High Street. The location is directly across the street from a proposed site for an IMAX theater […]

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Concerns Surround IMAX’s Proposed Placement in a Historic Neighborhood

Tom Eblen: ‘Coming attractions’ could turn tragic if IMAX is allowed in historic neighborhood by Tom Eblen, 03.1.14, Kentucky.com The good news is that a proposed 10-theater IMAX movie and restaurant complex would be a great addition to downtown Lexington. The bad news is that the developer wants to build it in the wrong place. […]

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IMAX Theater Developers Hear Concerns from Historic Reivew Board

Architectural review board questions developers of IMAX theater proposed for downtown Lexington by Beth Musgrave, 2.26.14, Kentucky.com Developers working to build an IMAX theater in downtown Lexington said they will likely push forward with their plans despite hearing multiple concerns Wednesday from a city board that oversees historic properties. Dallas-based Look Cinemas came before the […]

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Vote for Low-Income Housing Fund Tabled

Lexington council tables vote to establish fund for low-income housing needs by Beth Musgrave, 2.25.14, Kentucky.com The Urban County Council on Tuesday delayed a vote to establish an affordable housing fund to address Lexington’s low-income housing needs. The move angered housing advocates and some members of the council who have pushed for the creation of […]

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BC Wood Rehabilitates Historic Building for New Offices

Tom Eblen: Lexington’s BC Wood Properties moves headquarters from shopping center to three-story 1910 building by Tom Eblen, 02.23.14, Kentucky.com A couple of years ago, Brian Wood, the founder and CEO of BC Wood Properties, took the company’s president, King Offutt, down West Fourth Street to show him where Transylvania University, his alma mater, was […]

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Report Shows Lexington’s Tree Coverage Just Short of National Average

Report: Lexington’s trees cover 25 percent of the city’s core by Beth Musgrave, 02.23.14, Kentucky.com It’s official: Lexington is a shady town. But not as shady as it could be. A report released last week shows that trees cover roughly 25 percent of the city’s core — just shy of the national average. But if […]

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Status of Lexington’s Tree Canopy

  On February 20, 2014 LUFCG released its Urban Tree Canopy Assessment. It shows that our current tree canopy covers 24.56% of Lexington’s urban core. This number has increased 5% over the last 18 years. Data analysis shows that the existing urban tree canopy provides an estimated $30.6 million in savings to our community. Despite […]

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It’s Important to Figure out Rupp’s Financing Before Construction Starts

Nail down numbers on Rupp; Taxpayers must know they won’t be left holding bag on reinvention Editorial, 2.16.14, Kentucky.com Two things are evident about Mayor Jim Gray’s plan to reinvent the monotone box that houses Rupp Arena and the Lexington Convention Center: 1) It could transform this area in downtown from a dead zone most […]

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