Notable and Newsworthy

Two firms make pitch to develop Rupp District

November 7, 2012

By Beverly Fortune — bfortune@herald-leader.com Two firms made pitches Tuesday to develop a strategic financial plan to finance the renovation of Rupp Arena, build a new, expanded convention center and develop the remainder of the Arts and Entertainment District. The two firms were among five finalists that responded to a request from the Lexington Center Corp. [...]

Town Branch is part of Lexington’s past…and future?

September 29, 2012

By Tom Eblen — Herald-Leader columnist Lexington should have some answers in a few months to old questions about Town Branch Creek. What lies beneath? Would it be practical to resurface some or all of it as a downtown amenity? Lexington was founded along Town Branch in 1775. But like many urban streams around the world, [...]

Development authority seeks design for Town Branch

September 26, 2012

By Beverly Fortune — bfortune@herald-leader.com The Downtown Development Authority issued a request on Tuesday for a firm to do a conceptual design to bring the historic Town Branch Creek to the surface for the first time in more than 100 years. Town Branch flows through downtown in an underground tunnel. “The idea of day lighting [...]

Rupp District requests proposals for Financial Advisor

September 4, 2012

Lexington Center Corporation (LCC) extends a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a Strategic Financial Advisor to serve as a consultant to LCC and to evaluate the financial feasibility of a project initiative referred to as the Rupp Arena, Arts & Entertainment District. The project includes a comprehensive renovation to Rupp Arena, relocation and expansion of [...]

Committee appointed to lead Rupp District project

July 19, 2012

By Linda B. Blackford — lblackford@herald-leader.com The Rupp Arena Arts and Entertainment District project will be led by a sub-committee of the Lexington Civic Center Board, which will try to parlay an initial $3.2 million into an urban renewal project that could cost $300 million. “That is a very big responsibility for all of us,” board [...]

Frank Butler named project manager

June 1, 2012

University of Kentucky administrator Frank Butler will be project manager for the Rupp Arena, Arts and Entertainment District, leading the effort into phase two, which will develop a detailed design and a financing plan. In a statement Thursday announcing the appointment, UK President Eli Capilouto said it was important for the university and city to [...]

Rupp District wins planning award

May 22, 2012

The Rupp Arena Arts & Entertainment District Master Plan received a major stamp of approval from the Kentucky Chapter of the American Planning Association at its Annual Awards Ceremony last week. The APA-KY presented the Special Merit Award for Outstanding Plan to the Rupp District Task Force, which selected the planning and design firm Spacegroup [...]

Arena plan sound strategy to save city’s core

April 11, 2012

Are you aware of the theme on our nation’s Great Seal? Look on the back of a $1 bill:Novus Ordo Seclorum. Translation: a new order of the ages, signifying the beginning of a new American era. Normally I talk about the Great Seal when I’m teaching young people about its history and significance, but these [...]

Revenue potential for ‘best brand in college sports’

March 23, 2012

How much would a corporation pay to put its name on Rupp Arena? Brent Rice, chairman of the Arena, Arts and Entertainment Task Force, predicted that would never happen. But naming rights for the entertainment district that includes Rupp Arena and theLexingtonConvention Centercould be worth $2 million a year, Rice said at a meeting of [...]

Rupp not the only benefit to entertainment district

March 23, 2012

  Rupp Arena gets the lion’s share of attention when people talk about the economic impact of developing an entertainment district on the west side of downtownLexington. But enlarging theLexingtonConvention Centeralso would produce a significant economic effect on the city, in both direct and indirect spending, Brent Rice told members of Commerce Lexington on Friday [...]