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Ali's childhood home moves closer to grand opening

Less than two months until restoration of the childhood home of Muhammad Ali is completed, and it opens to the public, WAVE 3 News got a sneak peek of the progress of the home located on Grand Avenue. (Source: WAVE 3 News file) Less than two months until restoration of the childhood home of Muhammad Ali is completed, and it opens to the public, WAVE 3 News got a sneak peek of the progress of the home located on Grand Avenue. (Source: WAVE 3 News file)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Less than two months until restoration of the childhood home of Muhammad Ali is completed, and it opens to the public, WAVE 3 News got an exclusive sneak peek of the progress. 

For several months construction has been going on at Ali's childhood home at 3302 Grand Ave. The renovations are nearing completion as the museum honoring Ali's legacy is set to open on May 1. 

George Bochetto, now part-owner of the Ali home, said after months of hard work this labor of love is almost ready for the world to see. 

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"We've got the entire house renovated now to the way in which it looked in the (19)50s, when the Clay family lived here," Bochetto said. 

From the windows dating back to half a century ago, to flooring matching the originals, the remodel of the Clay home is certainly authentic. 

Bochetto says photographs of the interior of the home were a huge help in finding items matching the originals, a task he said has been tough. 

He said Ali's brother, Rahaman, has been a huge help in making sure the house is restored to be identical to the way it was nearly 70 years ago. 

"It's renewed, but it's exactly the same," Rahaman Ali said. "It makes me want to cry I'm so happy."

Next door, work is also being done to the home at 3300 Grand Avenue. Bochetto says it will be transformed into a visitor center and gift shop. 

George's son, Evan Bochetto, has spent months making a 15-minute documentary film about Ali's life in Louisville. That documentary will air as tour groups walk through the home.

Bochetto said the goal of the project is to bring to life the story behind the home that would birth a hero. 

It's to show "greatness can happen in any corner of the earth, in any corner of America, on any block, in any city," he said. 

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