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Whiskey Row seeing new life

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By Matt McCutcheon – bio | email
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A controversial part of downtown Louisville is showing signs of new life. While dramatic and unclear changes lay afoot for a substantial part of Whiskey Row at Second and Main, the non-gated off part is experiencing new life.

The future of the collection of buildings continued to be called into question over time.

"It largely stood vacant for the last 20 years," said builder Bill Weyland. "The building next to this one caught fire several decades ago."

Other issues have cast a cloud of uncertainty over whether many of the buildings would have to be torn down.

127 West Main Street, however, has been saved - and will soon be transformed.

"It takes a really big team to create a complicated real estate development," said developer Valle Jones.

Jones is part of the group doing just that. They're turning 127 West Main Street into "Whiskey Row Lofts," a nearly $20 million mixed-use project, consisting of apartments, restaurants, special events space, and even offices.

First to open will be "Doc Crow's Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar," giving this historic part of downtown a new flavor.

"Along with Bluegrass Brewing Company, O'Sheas, Impellizzeris, Bristol, Proof, Revue - Main Street is going to become one of the great food destinations of the region and will add to the well-known reputation we have been one of the great food areas in the country and the world," said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.

The restaurant opens to the public next Thursday. The additional parts of the project are expected to open during the coming years.


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