Lexington leaders look to Indianapolis for ideas

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Associated Press

Posted on August 28, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 28 at 6:00 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Lexington officials and civic leaders were in Indianapolis this week on a fact-finding trip to get ideas from other cities on how to develop the district surrounding Rupp Arena, where the University of Kentucky plays basketball.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray heard on Friday about the city's Wholesale District, which contains a convention center and restaurants, bars and other entertainment options, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported (http://bit.ly/q9YgL2).

The task force has been meeting with UK Athletics officials to determine what happens after the lease on playing in the Rupp Arena expires in 2018. The task force is deciding whether to renovate the Rupp Arena or build a new one.

Gray said the project gives the city an opportunity to create a "gravitational pull" to downtown Lexington.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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