Lexington Center Seeking to Redevelop Parking Lot Near Rupp

Lexington Center seeks developers for parking lot near Rupp Arena by Beth Musgrave, 10.04.16, Kentucky.com Potential developers of the nearly 20-acre Rupp Arena High Street parking lot have until late November to submit their proposals. Lexington Center Corp. released its request for qualifications for developers this week.Money from the ground lease of the High Street […]

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City Turns Attention to Town Branch Commons Linear Park

With Rupp plans stalled, city turns attention to Town Branch Commons linear park by Beth Musgrave, 1.24.15, Kentucky.com The row of asphalt parking lots behind the city’s government center and the Kentucky Theater along Vine Street provides parking but little else. In 100 years, no one will remember it, said Jeff Fugate, president of the […]

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University of Kentucky Does Not Support Rupp Plan

UK President: University Cannot Support Current Rupp Plan by Erik A. Carlson, 05.22.14, BizLex.com Lexington, KY – University of Kentucky President Dr. Eli Capilouto has stated in a letter (see the letter in its entirety here) that he and the university could not support Mayor Jim Gray’s plans to rehab Rupp Arena and reconstruct Lexington’s […]

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Most Voters Oppose State Spending Money for Rupp Project

Bluegrass Poll: Majority of voters oppose state spending $80 million on Rupp project by Beth Musgrave, 5.18.14, Kentucky.com An overwhelming majority of Kentucky voters say the state shouldn’t spend $80 million revamping Rupp Arena and the attached convention center in downtown Lexington, a statewide poll released Sunday shows. Eighteen percent of registered voters surveyed in […]

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City’s Financial Plan for Rupp Released

City officials release financial plan for Rupp project; renovations will top $350 million by Beth Musgrave, 4.25.14, Kentucky.com The total cost of a renovated Rupp Arena and downtown convention center will top $350 million, according to a financial plan for the project. Construction and design costs account for $302 million of the $351 million price […]

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Council Schedules Rupp Hearing for June

After questions swirl about Rupp renovation, Lexington council schedules June hearing by Beth Musgrave, 4.22.14, Kentucky.com Lexington’s Urban County Council voted Tuesday to hold a hearing in June on a proposed redesign of Rupp Arena and attached convention center after many questions about the project surfaced during Tuesday’s council meetings. Tuesday was the first day […]

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City Will Need to Step Up Game to Move Rupp Project Forward

City officials need to play offense to move Rupp project forward, observers say by Beth Musgrave and Linda Blackford, 4.19.14, Kentucky.com The dream of a $310 million renovation to Rupp Arena and a new convention center could be delayed by another year. And after a contentious fight over funding for the project in Frankfort this […]

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Rupp Financing Plan Drops Hotel Tax

Gov. Beshear: New Rupp financing plan drops hotel tax, increases state aid to $80 million by Beth Musgrave, 4.14.14, Kentucky.com FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear plans to meet with legislative leaders later on Monday to discuss a new financing plan for a renovated Rupp Arena and the attached convention center. Beshear said during a news […]

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Rupp Arena Project to Get $1.5 Million from State

Rupp Arena project to get $1.5 million; needs UK lease, financial plan for more money By Beth Musgrave, John Cheves and Jack Brammer, 03.31.14, Kentucky.com Despite a last-minute push by Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, the renovation and expansion of Rupp Arena will get just $1.5 million in the two-year compromise state budget approved Monday by […]

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Gray’s Financial Plan for Rupp Includes Repaying Coal Severance Money

Gray Pledges to Repay Coal Severance Money Previously Allotted by Legislature by Erik A. Carlson, 3.25.14, BizLex.com Lexington, KY – After vowing to fight to restore proposed funding to the planned Rupp Arena District, Mayor Jim Gray has said the plan to renovate the venerable arena and add arts and entertainment options to Lexington’s downtown […]

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