Sunday, January 29, 2012

Gordon Biersch Louisville Construction Start

Construction at Louisville's newest soon to be microbrewery seems to have started. Currently crews are working on installing new duct work at the lower level of the former Border's location on fourth street and Liberty. Recently a $2.5 million building permit went out for interior modifications. According to local media coverage the brewery is still slated to open sometime this spring, which I think is quite ambitious. I am sure they want to be open for business before Derby, since this seems to be the deadline everybody seems to be striving for in this town.
Gordon Biersch is a Chattanooga based restaurant chain that started business in 1988. It is famous for its European style micro brews and normal bar food (burger, chicken, etc.) Currently it operates 33 US location. In Louisville it will fill up the entire ground floor of the former bookstore and serve as the northern anchor of Fourth St. Live.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Louisville City Hall gets new Fire Escape

In recent months, the city of Louisville has added a new fire escape to the north side of city hall. The four column steel structure spans three floors and replaces the old fire escape from the 1940's. According to WAVE3 the finished structure will be painted to match the limestone color of the original building. The structure itself has a price tag of over $400,000.
I know it is probably a necessary evil, but I don't think it adds to the attractiveness of the building.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Construction Starts at Louisville's Nucleus Life Science Research Park

After several ground breakings and announcements, work has finally begun at the new downtown research park. Crews have moved in last week to start foundation work on the Nucleus Life Science Park. The park will be built in phases. The first phase is an eight story building on the corner of Market Street and Floyd Street. The building will have over 180,000 square feet available for tenants. According to Business First, 75,000 of those have already been spoken for.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Troll Pub Under the Bridge is now open

After an investment of one million dollars, Whiskey Row is now home to yet another restaurant/bar. The basement of the building facing the KFC Yum Center is now home to the Troll Pub Under the Bridge. It's quite hard to miss, since there is a giant troll guarding the entrance ramp. The troll itself is 10-ft tall.
The owners also installed nice signage on the corner of the building. The bar was open today for the U of L scrimmage. If you want to see how the troll was constructed, check out this older blog entry. Unfortunately, Washington Street, the street the pub is facing, is still closed for through traffic. I hope that won't hurt this new establishment.
Here are some pictures of the place:





Friday, September 23, 2011

Federal Attorneys Office gets Paint

Exterior assembly of all the prefab concrete slabs at the new federal attorneys office building has been completed. Workers are still adding trim elements to the outside walls. The six story office building at Seventh and Broadway is currently getting a coat of paint. It is supposed to match the color of the federal courthouse across Seventh street. Let's hope once they take off the window coverings it'll look better, but right now it looks like a prison. I remember seeing a rendering of the building and it didn't look that bad. Now that I can see it in person, I find it questionable. I think tall trees would be a great addition to distract from the building. I don't have high hopes for this one.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Potbelly Sandwich Shop Louisville Opening Soon

The signage of Louisville's soon-to-be newest sandwich shop is up. A sign in the window announces that a Potbelly Sandwich Shop will be coming soon. The new restaurant is located at 302 South 4th Street in downtown Louisville, right next door to Qdoba. Workers are currently working on the interior which will most likely feature vintage stoves and other knick knacks. From the looks of it, it will be quite a few weeks before customers can enjoy toasted sandwiches and old-fashioned milkshakes. The chain was founded in 1977 on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago and now has stores in 12 states. Potbelly's website says they will be opening in the fall.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Parts of "The Edge" in Louisville Complete

Parts of City Properties' The Edge at Liberty Green project seems to be complete. The southernmost building seems to be complete. As you can see in the picture, work has also started on the middle section of the development. So far only the dividing walls between the individual homes are up. It looks like it is being completed in phases, since there is no construction yet on the northernmost part of the site.
The project itself is loosely based on the Huxtable neighborhood in the Cosby Show. It is somewhat of a fresh take on that. Looking at the buildings, they look very different from the surrounding Liberty Greens buildings. 

Previous posts concerning The Edge:
http://louisvilledevelopment.blogspot.com/2011/02/construction-start-of-louisvilles-edge.html

http://louisvilledevelopment.blogspot.com/2010/10/edge-at-liberty-greens-groundbreaking.html



Monday, August 8, 2011

Whiskey Row Troll Pub Under The Bridge's troll taking shape.

A few months ago it was announced that there will be a new pub coming to the Whiskey Row block in downtown Louisville. The so called Troll Pub Under The Bridge will be located on the Washington Street side of the development. According to City Properties Group, the pub will feature a 10 foot troll statue outside the establishment. There's a nice little video I found on Youtube, that shows the making of the troll.
The bar will be in the basement of the block. The owners plan to invest about a million dollars.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Whiskey Row Demolition Starting Soon?

According to a Fox41 report, part of the roof of one of the buildings at Whiskey Row has collapsed. It looks like it's the back part of the yellow and white brick facade building. (second from the east). It is part of the building Todd Blue still owns. As I drove past there yesterday, I saw that the city moved the construction fence completely across the street. Washington Street is therefore closed to cars. You can still use the sidewalk across the street though. Employees from neighboring buildings were actually the one who found out about the collapse first, as they were told to not park their cars on Washington anymore.
With a giant hole in the roof I imagine demolition should start soon. I don't know what a good rain and storm could do to the building and its neighbors.

Here's a LINK to the Fox 41 story, where you can see the hole in the roof.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Jeffersonville Canal District Rendering

The team in charge for planning the Jeffersonville Canal released a nice looking rendering of what the project might look like during their last meeting. In the rendering you can see the proposed convention center right next to Court Street. It also shows the Indiana approach to the Big Four Bridge. Once completed the Canal District in Jeff will feature 1,100 housing units, a 225-room hotel, 30,000 square feet of office space and 165,000 square feet of retail space. According to Jeffersonville's "One Great Community" magazine, going to the International Council of Shopping Centers trade show generated lots of interest in the retailing community.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Louisville's Whiskey Row Lofts add Signage

The Whiskey Row Lofts development across the street from the KFC Yum Center adds outdoor signage to the building. The large black letters are facing the arena and spell out "Whiskey Row Lofts." The lofts part of the 19 Million dollar development should open up fairly soon. Most of the retail spaces have already been occupied. The latest development on the retail front was the announcement of an additional bar, called "Troll's Pub Under the Bridge" which will be located at the Washington Street side of the development. According to a Business First article, the bar will feature an eight foot troll sitting outside the establishment.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Louisville's Federal Attorneys Office Building Progress

Crews are currently working on the ceiling beams at the new U.S. attorneys building between 6th and 7th street on West Broadway. The buildings final height is 6 floors. So far workers only reached those six floors on parts of the building. The building is built upon 2 floors of parking. The steel structure on the east side of the building is still missing.

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