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Lexington mayor suspends efforts to renovate Rupp Arena, building new convention center
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 4:03 PM EDT
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has suspended efforts to renovate the home of the University of Kentucky men's basketball team.
Gray said Wednesday he suspended work on the project after UK withdrew its support for a proposed annual $10.7 million lease on Rupp, beginning in 2018. Gray said officials had designed the proposed renovation based on what the university said it needed.
Gov. Steve Beshear said he still thinks the original project is what Lexington and the university need. The governor said he hopes UK will eventually be ready to move forward with the project.
UK spokesman Jay Blanton said the university did not have any immediate comment.