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City Housing Development Wins New Landmark Award for Architecture

Monday January 26, 2009

Broadway and Shelby building to open this year

An apartment and commercial building being developed by Louisville Metro Housing Authority has won a New Landmark Award for architectural design.

The honor was presented last week by the Louisville Historical League, which noted that the brick building blends well with the historic streetscape in the Phoenix Hill neighborhood.

“The façade detailing and composition greatly strengthens this commercial block, and significantly improves the revitalization of the East Broadway district,” said Steve Wiser, historical league board member. “It is another superb addition to the inner-city urban fabric, and the League encourages more projects like it.”

The building was designed by Kersey and Kersey architectural firm of Louisville.

The new, three-story building is part of the revitalization of the former Clarksdale public housing complex. The city received federal funds to demolish the old complex and create a mixed-income development called Liberty Green.

The housing authority made a commitment to replace each public housing unit that it razed in Clarksdale. The 801 East Broadway building will help the city meet its one-for-one replacement requirement.

“Phoenix Hill is experiencing a renaissance with Liberty Green, several private projects and this new retail and housing development,” Abramson said. “This New Landmark award is well-deserved.”

The development will contain 22 units — 16 one-bedroom apartments and six two-bedroom apartments. Almost 3,500 square feet of retail space will be available for rent on the first floor of the development.