LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The sounds of construction filled the air in Germantown and its surrounding area on Wednesday. There's a lot changing in that area of Louisville. With new businesses that are setting up shop, to houses that are being bought and sold, to restaurants and bars that are moving in - and the growth continues with some of the oldest properties in the area.
Off East Oak Street is going to be the New Bradford Mill Lofts. A transformation of an old historic textile mill dating back to the 1910s into 147 loft apartments.
"We have a pretty cool vision for what this going to be," Justin Brown, of the Marian Development Group, said. "We have to restore these windows. We're keeping these floors and we're keeping these columns."
Brown said the Bradford Mill Lofts will be upscale living in Germantown with a pool, gym and restaurant. Construction is expected to start around the end of February with people moving in before the holidays next year.
And just a few blocks away, is another project by the Underhill Associates.
"It's a great neighborhood, it always has been a great neighborhood," Colin Underhill said. "We were able to just wake it back up."
The Goss Avenue Antique Mall, is now The Germantown Mill Lofts. With a portion of the project complete, people are already calling it home.
Underhill gave WAVE 3 News a look at what the entire project will look like. Three will be a total of 189 units, 15,000 square feet of commercial space, which will also have a restaurant called Finn's Southern Kitchen. The property will also have a gym, pool, office space and a coffee shop.
Underhill said the entire project is expected to be done shortly after Derby.
When units in the Germantown Mills Lofts are done, if you live there or just drive by you'll get to look at something new.
"Our new mural will be an ode to the industry of this area," said Jennifer Chappell of Three Point Beautification.
Three Points Beautification is a neighborhood group that highlights three historic neighborhoods in Louisville and promotes public art.
Chappell's next big project is a $15,000 mural bringing life to a blank canvas.
"That mural is going to have Cotton Mill, Ackerman Millwork, Glassner's Bakery all depicted in the mural," Chappell said. "It will look like buildings spliced down the middle and it's a bustling work day."
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