While the Omni Louisville Hotel opted to put its parking in a massive above-ground garage along Third Street, the Main & Clay Apartments by Nashville-based Bristol Development Group is stashing its parking underground. And that means there’s a big hole in the ground at its construction side in Butchertown—with a bright blue tower crane hover high overhead.
“We’re completing shoring of the hole so the sides don’t collapse,” Bristol Principal and CEO Charles Carlisle told Broken Sidewalk while waiting to catch a flight in Dallas on Monday. “That’s all the stuff you see going around the perimeter.” He said the white material visible in these photos is waterproofing.
“Next, we pour concrete for the parking garage structure, which will take an extended amount of time,” he continued. The garage will eventually rise two stories above grade, but will be shrouded by the apartment building and not visible from the street, except for its entrance on Clay Street. The building’s structure is comprised of a two-story concrete podium with five stories of wood construction built atop that, for a total of seven stories.
The Main & Clay project includes over 260 apartments, comprised of 20 studios, 154 one-bedroom units, 87 two-bedrooms, and two three-bedrooms. A tiny 2,400 square feet of retail is planned at the corner of Main and Clay streets. The project is expected to be complete in the summer of 2017.
Carlisle and three other out-of-town developers currently building in Louisville recently met for a panel discussion convened by the Urban Land Institute. Read what they had to say about their projects and about Louisville development here.
Combined with the enormous Service Tanks property adjacent to this site now under contract, this stretch of East Main Street forming the boundary between Butchertown and Nulu could, in a few years, be drastically transformed into a critical mass of new residents and people on the street that will fuel a true urban renaissance in the area.