LCC votes for expansion and replacement of Convention Center
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) -On Thursday, the Board of Directors of the Lexington Center Corporation unanimously voted in favor of pursuing an expansion and replacement of the Lexington Convention Center.
The proposed plan was presented to the LCC Board at its monthly meeting. The LCC Board and VisitLex will now seek the support of the General Assembly to increase the Hotel Occupancy tax in Fayette County by 2% and request a $75 million grant in support of the project’s capital budget.
The new plan includes over 100,000+ sq.ft exhibit hall, larger, enhanced ballrooms and meeting space along W. Main St.; and repurposed retail space at the ground level.
The proposed convention center plan does not include any additional renovations to Rupp Arena which is already undergoing a $15 million video/audio/tech upgrade. Some parts of the first, second and third levels of the Shops at Lexington Center and existing meeting rooms will be repurposed for retail and other uses.