Thursday February 18, 2010
For Immediate Release;
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
Councilman David Tandy (D-4) today joined Mayor Jerry Abramson, and developers Bill Weyland of CITY Properties Group, and Valle and Stephen Jones to officially break ground on the Whiskey Row Lofts renovation project at 127-131 W. Main Street.
Whiskey Row Lofts is an $18 million, 100,000 square-foot project located adjacent to the new downtown arena.
“This redevelopment will be a true 24 hour complex, where residents can live and work, while being part of a resurgent downtown corridor that is anchored by our new arena.” said Tandy “This project is about local job creation and investing in the core of our community. This kind of redevelopment and investment benefits every Louisvillian and makes us a destination city.”
The project will be redeveloped for LEED certification and will be a mixed-use development that includes restaurants, live-work-office configurations, entertainment, residential suites, apartments, and event spaces.
The corner building, 131 W Main Street, was built by the L&N Railroad as it headquarters. Its history is reflected in a massive grand staircase that runs from the ground floor to the top floor of the building. 127 W. Main St. was built in 1869 by John Andrewartha, who also designed Louisville City Hall.
The current building also sits on the site of the old Galt House and first housed B.F. Guthrie and Co., a business in the iron trade. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it contained numerous distilleries, such as Bonnie Bros., J.B. Wathen and Co., Old Times Distillery Co. and Glenmore Distillery. 131 West Main Street has been in the Jones family since 1984. In 2008, the acquisition of the adjoining Burwinkle-Hendershot building was completed, creating sufficient massing for a renovation that would retain most of the unique features of the building.
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