Design tweaks to come for 21c Museum Hotel in Lexington, Ky.

The 21c Museum Hotel in Lexington, Ky., may get a few tweaks to its design, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. The Courthouse Area Design Review Board will review slight tweaks to the design.

Architects of the 21c Museum Hotel filed revised plans in mid-October for the hotel. The revisions appear to be minor; changes were made to the proposed penthouse at the top of the former First National Building, for instance.

The project also includes adjoining buildings at Main and Upper streets. The project has been delayed because of unforeseen challenges such as water in the basement and unexpected environmental remediation.

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The project includes turning the properties into a 90-room hotel and a restaurant.

The 21c Museum Hotel design was first approved by the board last year. The plans submitted October 14 show some minor changes to the design, which preserves the facade of the historic First National Building that was designed by architects McKim, Mead & White.

The project will cost up to $40.5 million. Organizers said in September they hoped to start construction by the end of this year and to open by 2015.

The first 21c Museum Hotel opened in Louisville in 2006.