FRANKFORT, Ky. – The tallest building in Kentucky, the capital, fell to the ground in a controlled implosion Sunday , delighting the thousands of spectators who quickly quickly away to avoid the dust cloud that was overhead.
Sunday is the demolition of the 28-story Capital Plaza Tower will make for a new, modern five-storey office building and 1,100-spot parking garage. The tower opened in 1972 as a state office building and closed in 2016.
The republican Gov. Matt Bevin, do not press the ceremonial plunger to start the demolition. Instead, he auctioned that right on eBay, with all proceeds going to benefit from a charity started by his wife. The #WeAreKY Foundation, which supports the state’s foster children. It has no paid staff, and the Executive branch Ethics Commission said, it is not a conflict for Bevin to raise money for the charity in this way.
“It is amazing that even as we are here to see that building come down, the dollars that are generated in a certain degree of this to help build families,” Bevin told the crowd shortly before the demolition.
The winning bid of $15,000 came from a Shelbyville resident, A. J. Stivers, who is the owner of a company that offers an on-site vision and hearing exams at schools in Kentucky.