Watch the Tallest Building in Kentucky's Capital Come Down

The 28-story Capital Plaza Tower is no more
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 12, 2018 7:11 AM CDT

(Newser) – The tallest building in Kentucky's capital city came crashing down in a controlled implosion on Sunday, reports the AP, delighting thousands of onlookers who quickly scurried away to avoid the dust cloud that billowed overhead. Sunday's demolition of the 28-story Capital Plaza Tower in Frankfort will make way for a new modern five-story office building and its 1,100-spot parking garage. The tower opened in 1972 as a state office building and closed in 2016. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin did not push the ceremonial plunger to start the demolition. Instead, he auctioned off that right on eBay, with all proceeds going to benefit the #WeAreKY Foundation started by his wife, which supports the state's foster children.

The winning bid of $15,000 came from a Shelbyville resident, AJ Stivers, who owns a company that provides on-site vision and hearing exams at schools across Kentucky. "It's amazing that even as we are here to see a building come down, the dollars that are being generated in some measure from this are helping to build families up," Bevin told the crowd shortly before the demolition.

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