Gov. Matt Bevin is auctioning off the chance to, in his words, “blow up bureaucracy.”
In a video posted online Tuesday, Bevin announced plans to auction off the rights to initiate the Capital Plaza Tower implosion on Sunday.
“Want to ‘blow up bureaucracy?’” asks a post on Bevin’s Facebook page. “On March 11, Frankfort’s Capital Plaza Tower will be imploded, and YOU can bid to PUSH the PLUNGER!”
Proceeds from the auction will benefit First Lady Glenna Bevin’s foundation #WeAreKY! Inc, which aims to improve the lives of Kentucky’s vulnerable children and families, a news release said. The auction is occurring on the website Ebay and runs through Saturday at 5 p.m. The winning bid will be tax-deductible, and the winner will be notified on Saturday, a news release said.
The first lady said in the release that proceeds will specifically be used “to further the work of the foundation and to provide support for Kentucky foster care and adoption initiatives.”
The winner of the auction will join Bevin and state and local officials onstage during pre-implosion festivities on Sunday and will push the ceremonial plunger that signals the start of the controlled demolition at 1:30 p.m., the news release said. The winner will also receive two complimentary tickets to attend a luncheon prior to the implosion hosted by the #WeAreKY! Foundation.
In the Finance and Administration Cabinet’s request for proposals on the Capital Plaza redevelopment project, Finance Secretary William Landrum reserved the right to “push the plunger” detonator should the Capital Plaza Tower be imploded. The state also reserved all movie rights with regard to the filming of the demolition.
As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, 27 bids had been submitted. The highest was $2,650.
“This is a unique opportunity to be a part of Kentucky history by blowing up the tallest building in the Commonwealth that is not located in either Louisville or Lexington,” Bevin said in the news release. “The demolition of the Capital Plaza complex signals the start of an exciting new project that will bring architectural and economic renewal to downtown Frankfort. Please make a generous, tax-deductible bid today and help us spread the word. You can literally help to transform the skyline of our capital city, while you also help to transform the lives of Kentucky’s foster care youth.”
Opened in 1972 and rising more than 330 feet above Mero Street, the 28-story Capital Plaza Tower housed various state offices until its final tenants departed in October 2016. Following its implosion, the area will be redeveloped with another state office building.
Adjacent land that housed the Frankfort Convention Center and supporting infrastructure will be redeveloped as part of a plan still being developed by the city of Frankfort and Franklin County with the help of Louisville-based consulting firm CityVisions.