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Tallest building in Frankfort, Capital Plaza Tower, to come down in March, replaced by 5-story building

By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

The tallest building in Frankfort will come crashing down in March.



Finance and Administration Secretary William M. Landrum III said Tuesday the 28-story Capital Plaza Tower, which was built as a state office building in 1972, will be imploded on March 11 at 1:30 p.m.



Maryland-based Controlled Demolition Inc. has been contracted for the job.




The tower will be replaced by a five-story, 385,500 square foot state office building on the 8-acre site where the Capital Plaza complex is currently located. The new building will house about 1,500 state employees and consolidate offices that are now spread throughout Frankfort.

The square footage is more than the tower, which housed between 800-900 workers.

The contract calls for the state to lease the building for approximately $7.3 million annually for 30-years, after which the building will be turned over to the state.


Demolition has already begun on the Frankfort Civic Center.

The Fountain Place Shoppes portion of the complex is scheduled to be razed in April. 



Craig Turner, founder and CEO of the construction firm CRM, has said the planned building should last 60 years. 



“We’ve implemented a unique program through the Finance and Administration Cabinet to make sure the building is maintained properly. So, the better we maintain it, the longer life it has. It could actually be much longer.”



A new informational website on the project will go live within the next two weeks, according to the Finance Cabinet.

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