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With Theater Square now rubble in the landfill, Kindred Healthcare‘s $36 million headquarters expansion at Fourth Street and Broadway is ready to begin construction. The new structure, more suburban office park than Downtown headquarters, includes 142,000 square feet of space over six stories that will accommodate up to 500 new jobs.

The company received four building permits this week, reports Sheldon Shafer at the Courier-Journal. Construction is expected to take 18 months.

The project site is a flat dirt lot today. (Branden Klayko / Broken Sidewalk)
The project site is a flat dirt lot today. (Branden Klayko / Broken Sidewalk)

We’ve previously criticized the project here on Broken Sidewalk for its bland design, setback from Fourth Street, the poor composition of a public plaza planned in front of the structure, and for the back and forth politics among planning staff.

The project was unveiled in December 2014 fait accompli by Mayor Greg Fischer and then Governor Steve Beshear. The structure is set far off Fourth Street behind an unfortunate plaza design known as Kindred Square. The first floor includes 7,000 square feet of retail, slated to be a restaurant and coffee shop. Shafer reported that Kindred already has agreed to let the BBC Brewing Co. open a restaurant. That outlet was displaced by demolition of Theater Square.

The existing Kindred headquarters (left) and the new structure (right). (Courtesy Kindred)
The existing Kindred headquarters (left) and the new structure (right). (Courtesy Kindred)

Above the single-story retail podium, the main building mass sets back again before rising another five floors clad in brick and glass. The structure was designed by Louisville’s K. Norman Berry Associates.

For more on the project, read through the Broken Sidewalk archives.

 

 

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Branden Klayko

Branden Klayko

Founder and Editor at Broken Sidewalk
Branden founded Broken Sidewalk in 2008 while practicing architecture in Louisville. He continued the site for seven years while living in New York City, returning to Louisville in 2016. Branden is a graduate of the College of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, and has covered architecture, design, and urbanism for The Architect's Newspaper, Designers & Books, Inhabitat, and the American Institute of Architects.
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3 COMMENTS

  1. This is so depressing. Bad urban form, no respect to the street edge or its environs, completely lacking in any aesthetic quality. This building is truly a disservice to the citizens of this city. Sometimes I feel like Louisville is where urban design goes to die.

  2. Kindred, why did you have to do this on Fourth Street? Ship this project out Blankenbaker where, if anywhere, it belongs.

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