The last tower crane at the long-delayed City Center development in the heart of Lexington finally came down this weekend, setting the stage for two hotels to open in November.
The 12-story office tower at the corner of Main and South Limestone streets, which opened earlier this year, is nearly 85 percent occupied, said Dudley Webb of The Webb Companies, one of the developers of the City Center project formerly known as CentrePointe.
The two hotels on the site — a 230-room Marriott hotel and a 120-suite Marriott Residence Inn — are now scheduled to open in mid-November, Webb said Tuesday.
Webb gave an update on the status of the project during a Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council Budget, Finance and Economic Development committee meeting Tuesday.
The opening of the two hotels has been delayed due to weather and other unexpected hiccups, Webb said during Tuesday’s meeting.
“The Marriott is totally enclosed now and we have been approved to open in mid-November,” he said.
In addition to a 700-space underground parking garage beneath the development, there is an interior motor court yard where drivers can pick up and drop off people, Webb said. That interior courtyard could also be used for block parties and other functions, he said. On the interior will be a large digital screen that can be used to advertise nearby tourist destinations, he said.
On top of the Residence Inn on Main Street will be a rooftop bar and 200-seat restaurant called Infinity.
“It will have a retractable roof,” Webb said Tuesday. There is a skyway connecting the 6th floor of the office tower to Infinity.
Infinity will open at the same time as the Marriott hotels, Webb said after Tuesday’s meeting.
Webb said developers are currently talking to several retail tenants for space on the first floor of the Residence Inn but not all of that space has been leased. The Greer Companies, which is a partner in the City Center project and runs hotels and restaurants, will lease the restaurant space on the first floor for a yet-to-be announced restaurant, Webb said.
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