Happy 5-year anniversary, CentrePointe!

On this day five years ago, a great man and a great mayor came together to announce a very great hotel that would sweep away the rabble and shower Lexington with jobs, prosperity, pride and a Hard Rock Cafe.

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Not so much, eh?

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But seriously, who could have predicted such a failure? (Besides us and Rob Morris.)

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Speaking of Rob Morris, today he marked the anniversary with much deserved derision and “I told you so’s” in this tour de force that you should go read in its entirety.

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I think I’ll call this my favorite excerpt, which pretty much sums it up:

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The developers lied.

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They lied repeatedly. And with no trace of shame. It isn’t a pleasant or polite thing to say, but Lexington needs to stop being polite to hucksters and charlatans.

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They lied about their secret mystery financier. They lied about his death. They lied about his heirs and ‘numbered Swiss bank accounts’. They lied about backup financing. They lied about backup financing for the backup financing. They lied about the urgency of demolishing historic buildings. They lied about their schedule. They lied about tenant commitments. They lied about 61 (or 64! or 65!) ‘handshake’ deals for their condominiums. They lied with pretty pictures of ugly buildings. They lied with pretty pictures of pretty buildings. And they lied with overly optimistic financial projections.

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They lied to the press. They lied to the public. They lied to the Urban County Council. They might have even lied to themselves.

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And when their thick layers of lies wore thin, they resorted to insulting and bullying their critics instead of offering substantive rebuttals.

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Strong words, but I hear Dudley is breaking ground in 60-90 days, so we’ll be eating crow soon.

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Until then, continue enjoying your invisible unicorn park, Lexington.

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(For additional fun times, this classic 2,300-word screed (once described by a dirty foul-mouthed blogger as “Dudley Webb’s ego masturbating in public“) by The Dud just keeps getting funnier with age, so you should go soak in that for a bit, too, because how often do we get to celebrate an anniversary so festive?)

13 comments for “Happy 5-year anniversary, CentrePointe!

  1. Strangeite
    March 5, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Thanks for the stroll down memory lane.

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    • July 27, 2013 at 2:37 pm


      Who will be allowed to enter the great city, the holy Jerusalem, when time will no longer exist?

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      That narrows it down. You do not have to speculate about that which defiles. You do not have to wonder what or who causes an abomination or a lie. If your name is not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life you are the guilty one.

      Philippians 4:3 And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers whose names are in the Book of Life.(NKJV)

      Whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life? All of those whose sins have been washed away by the blood of the Lamb have their names written in the Book of Life.

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      At the end times all who do not not have their names written in the Book of Life will worship the beast.

      There are men today who worship false gods. There are men, even now, who worship the Pope, the Virgin Mary and other dead saints by praying to them.

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  2. LF
    March 5, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Oh, I didn’t realize we had an invisible unicorn park! That’s so much more exciting!

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  3. Colonel Flagg
    March 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Not to “concern troll” here, and wasn’t the biggest fan of Jim Newberry. Mayor Gray HAS made strides on Centrepointe, yes. He helped put together qualified consultant teams and boosted a positive “we can solve this” mentality.

    But in terms of pure optics, the fact that there remains an empty lot in downtown is now two years on the Mayor’s watch. The original announcement of Centrepointe was in 2008, and while Newberry’s wholehearted endorsement and “contributions” to this debacle are uncontested, he was at the helm only two years himself.

    Bad things happen to cities all the time. And Centrepointe is/was a bad thing. But eventually, someone has to SOLVE the problem, minus reiterating blame. Gray’s handling of the pension crisis is a good example of this kind of solving.

    Gray staked a big claim to solving the Centrepoint mess. If, in two or three more years, Centrepointe remains unfulfilled, will the Mayor then own the failure himself?

    I would ask to avoid flaming? Just trying to make a point.

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  4. SweetStreeper
    March 5, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Outside of imminent domain, what exactly CAN he do? Gray hooked him him up with Gang, giving Dudley every opportunity to turn this mess around, and Dudley fired them. Dudley owns the land and wants to do whatever he wants, and tells people to go to hell when they tell him to be open to something different. Outside of I.D. or a time machine, what specifically would you suggest Gray do?

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    • Colonel Flagg
      March 5, 2013 at 3:53 pm

      I agree that Mayors have few “official” options – ID, pursuing purchase of the property for a new government center, etc. But he will continue to have the bully pulpit for many years, minus a successful electoral challenge or resignation, both unlikely.

      Not having been elected Mayor, I make no claim on solutions or suggestions. I don’t know the answers. Perhaps the mayor can use his powers to pressure, or bring in other “incentives” that might help the Webbs move forward, or perhaps sell. Swallowing hard, and the bad people will win, but the hole might be filled.

      My comment was to ask the question/make the point that this problem may become Gray’s if HE doesn’t figure it out. He was elected to take the ball further down the field than had been done. His progress has been admirable, but the hole is still there.

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      • Not Concern Trolling the Non-Concern Troll
        March 5, 2013 at 5:06 pm

        It’s not the war in Iraq or the one in Afghanistan. He’s inheriting a project that already demolished buildings and by all accounts Gray did his best to bring about a change in policy by the landowners. No one is trying to blame him for the landowners’ continued inability to raise capital. You seem to think some one is doing so or will do so. That’s farfetched. The blame is pretty squarely on the former Mayor and on the landowners. Gray may have weaknesses, but you are not making a good case that this is one of them. No one else is either. Are you sure you are thinking this through correctly? But your concern about not seeming concerned is noted.

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        • Colonel Flagg
          March 5, 2013 at 8:18 pm

          I just thought it interesting to bring up the idea that Jim Gray may be invested in the success of Centerpointe beyond what he may be able to solve, and wondered what the response would be then.

          No, it is not a war. But it is a very hot-button topic in this town, and one semi-defined by Mayor Gray’s taking it on as a major plank of his campaign platform.

          I disagree with your take that it is far-fetched that someone may hang and empty Centerpointe around Jim Gray’s neck.

          I can’t imagine that if Centerpointe is still empty in four years, and it’s already been five, that a candidate/the media won’t come along and beat the Mayor about the head with it.

          So, I’ll leave the conversation here. Made a few points, heard a few, etc.

          And also, in regards to the undeserved “Not Concern Trolling the Non-Concern Troll” and the “concern about not seeming concerned is noted” snark? Go fuck yourself.

          I think I’m thinking that through correctly. Noted?

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  5. Ricky Ravioli
    March 5, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Look at it this way…At least Lexingtonians, thus far, don’t have to worry about a giant sink hole swallowing up CentrePointe.

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    • Tom Stickler
      March 5, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      To quote Judy Tenuta, “It could happen!”

      Old-timers may remember the tales of a cave system under downtown Lexington that once contained mummified Indians.

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    • Solius Symbiosus
      July 9, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      The substrate under Central Kentucky is very well indurated(hard); that is why that doesn’t happen, here. The karst topography of the area can take many thousands, to millions of years to form… that is why one sees many small streams emanating from roadcuts on our highways(the regional uplift occurred about 6 millionybp, and the streams still haven’t reached their base).

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  6. Solius Symbiosus
    July 9, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Oh, I’ve said it before, and it isn’t popular, but many future generations of Lexingtonians would be grateful if the block was condemned and converted to parkland.

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  7. sean smith
    July 15, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    The Hairy Leader was told by Dudley that construction would begin in January 2014 and finished by Fall 2015. What was a $250MIL project is now $150MIL project. TIF will still issue $30MIL in bonds to cover cost of underground parking structure, but what investor can wait 30 years not to receive any ROI? Dudley still does not have $150MIL. I am sure the Lexington Street Sweeper will verify this.

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