Friday September 7, 2007
The downtown renaissance can be seen in luxury high-rise condos and chic urban lofts, historic renovations and stunning new architecture. Those — and more — will be featured on this year’s Downtown Housing Tour, set for Saturday, Sept. 8. The event, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is free and open to the public.
“The tour is a chance to peek inside some of the city’s most creative and unique homes and apartments,” Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson said. “There’s something for everyone, from waterfront homes to urban lofts.”
Twenty-four housing developments will be featured — everything from condos at River Park Place to apartments at Liberty Green (visit downtownhousingtour.com for complete information and a map of the routes)
The downtown resurgence can only be sustained, Abramson said, if people live downtown, creating a neighborhood that supports the restaurants and retail stores that exist — and those that are coming.
“So much is happening downtown that it’s good to see it in person,” Abramson said. “Even if you aren’t interested in moving downtown, the tour is a good way to get ideas for your own home.”
Abramson said downtown development has a ripple effect on the city. “Unlike Las Vegas, what happens downtown doesn’t stay in downtown,” Abramson said. “It has a positive impact on all 386 square miles of Louisville.”
More than $2 billion in projects are currently under construction or planned for downtown, including a new arena and Museum Plaza.
The housing tour, sponsored by the Louisville Downtown Management District, begins in the lobby of the Brown and Williamson Tower at Fourth Street Live. Booths featuring downtown developments and information about living downtown will be on display.
Trolleys, running until 3 p.m., will transport people between developments — or people can walk and drive on their own, said Dan Kelleher, president of the Downtown Management District.
About 2,000 units of housing are currently under construction downtown. New projects include everything from Museum Plaza to the Center City District development by The Cordish Co.
“It’s important to have good downtown housing, just as it’s important to have good suburban housing,” Abramson said. “In Louisville, we have housing styles for everyone.”
2007 Tour Participants