LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A new Kentucky Center event and concert venue is starting to take shape in the heart of the redeveloped Paristown Pointe Neighborhood.
The name of the venue -- Old Forester’s Paristown Hall -- is designed to celebrate Louisville and the historic neighborhood bound by Broadway, Barrett Avenue, Vine and Brent Streets.
The new performance space is opening off Brent Street, not far from Louisville Stoneware and the old Urban Government Center. It will fit up to 2,000 people in a general admission configuration.
Brown Forman partnered with the Kentucky Center to be the building’s title sponsor.
“A wise man once said, ‘You know what takes a concert from good to great: A nice glass of bourbon,’” Campbell Brown, president and managing director of Old Forester, said.
Old Forester's Paristown Hall will host national touring bands and other traditional and non traditional acts, as well as community events, according to the Kentucky Center.
The new facility will join the group's portfolio of stages at the Kentucky Center on Main Street and the historic Brown Theatre.
The $12 million, 28,000 square foot building is part of a growing development that’s been in the works for five years.
"For this block, we're going to have open container," Stephen Smith, the lead developer at Paristown Preservation Trust, said. "It'll be all curbless street made of brick. We've got restaurants and bars and a bunch of different attractions to support [the Kentucky Center] and their mission."
The $30 million total investment is located between Vine and Brent Street in one of the city’s oldest, but lesser recognized neighborhoods.
"Paristown was keeping a low profile right here during the midst of all that, but no more," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said.
Smith said the new Kentucky Center venue will have 85 event dates a year. He said additional restaurants and stores, including an expansion of Smith’s Louisville Stoneware business, will also happen as part of the overall project.
“If you look around the neighborhood prior to this, most of the businesses were shuttered,” Smith said. “Ninety-percent of the property we bought was vacant. So, this is a kind of major shot in the arm for the neighborhood.”
The company Production Simple will arrange programming for the venue.
Old Forester’s Paristown Hall is expected to be open this summer. Other surrounding developments will open during late Fall, according to Smith.