Public meeting set to discuss plans for Rupp Arena, Town Branch Commons
Want to tell the architects working on the reinvention of Rupp Arena what you think? Or weigh in on the plans for Town Branch Commons?
Come to next Wednesday’s public meeting … 4:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18 … at the Kentucky Theatre, 214 E. Main St.
Robert Mankin from NBBJ, the lead architect working on Rupp and a new convention center, and Kate Orff from SCAPE / LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, winners of an international competition to design Town Branch Commons, will offer brief presentations and then listen to your suggestions.
Mayor Jim Gray and Brent Rice, chair of the Lexington Center Board, which is overseeing the Rupp project, encouraged everyone to attend. “We need to hear from the public as we begin making important decisions about Rupp and our downtown,” Gray said.
In July Lexington Center hired NBBJ to reinvent Rupp and design a new convention center. The selection of SCAPE was announced in February.
“There is no specific design for Rupp yet,” Gray said. “That makes this the perfect time to hear from the public.” Previous NBBJ projects include Pauley Pavilion at UCLA, the Staples Center in Los Angeles and Hangzhou Olympic Stadium in China.
Orff’s winning design integrates history, geology, and ongoing development initiatives into a thread of new public spaces along the path of Town Branch as it weaves through Downtown. Lexington was named on the banks of the creek in 1775.
The public meeting will focus on plans for Town Branch Park, behind Rupp Arena, and how it relates to plans for Rupp Arena.