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Scaffolding surrounding Whiskey Row comes down

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Developers have spent millions of dollars tuckpointing and stabilizing the Whiskey Row façades with structural steel. Developers have spent millions of dollars tuckpointing and stabilizing the Whiskey Row façades with structural steel.
Eric Striegel Eric Striegel
Just east of First Street, the old Four Roses façade is being preserved by Kelley Construction while crews renovate the inside of the building, which dates back to the 1800s. Just east of First Street, the old Four Roses façade is being preserved by Kelley Construction while crews renovate the inside of the building, which dates back to the 1800s.
Trent Kelley Trent Kelley
Mindy Dietz Mindy Dietz

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Downtown Louisville is getting a facelift. People who have walked along Main street lately, especially near Whiskey Row, may have noticed the changes.  

Eric Striegel, who works downtown, says he has remarked to his colleagues how refreshing it is that the scaffolding that once lined Whiskey Row, is now gone.

"We were talking about how great the actual sunlight is coming into the restaurants now, now that the construction is down." Striegel said, "I really like the way the buildings look, I think they did a really great job with keeping the facades up." 

Just east of First Street, the old Four Roses façade is being preserved by Kelley Construction while crews renovate the inside of the building, which dates back to the 1800s. 

"We've got to pull things out and be very delicate with them," said Project Manager Trent Kelley. "This is not a normal construction project."

Developers have spent millions of dollars tuckpointing and stabilizing the Whiskey Row façades with structural steel. Co-developer Valle Jones says when renovations are complete, the spaces will likely be used for restaurants, entertainment venues and retail stores.

"The more and more it starts to look better, the more business we'll get and hopefully the more Main Street will grow," said Mindy Dietz, a manager at Impellizzeri's Pizzeria, across the street. 

Louisvillians who work and play Downtown are breathing a sigh of relief, now that Main Street is once again becoming a main attraction.

"It's nice to not walk along the sidewalk anymore and have all the scaffolding above us," said Striegel, "You know it kind of felt like a death trap, walking through there but now it looks great."

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