Whiskey Row Development
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The long-awaited announcement of the redevelopment project planned for the corner of Second Street and Main Street is finally here, and Broken Sidewalk has the scoop. City Properties Group will begin construction this Spring on the development being called “Whiskey Row” occupying the Bearno’s Building and the Burwinkle-Hendershot Building next door.

Whiskey Row Lofts development on West Main Street. (Courtesy City Properties Group)
Whiskey Row Lofts development on West Main Street. (Courtesy City Properties Group)

The development is located literally next door to the new arena and on the same block as the ever-in-limbo Iron Quarter proposal. The new O’Shea’s development also sits next door to the project. Whiskey Row will offer 23 rental apartments going for around $600 to $1400 per month based on size, four penthouse condos, and office space. Retail and entertainment venues are planned along both Main Street and Washington Street to create a vibrant 24-hour mixed-use neighborhood.

The project is expected to cost $18 million and will occupy 100,000 square feet. Completion is expected in the Summer of 2010, well before the opening of the arena. Whiskey Row is officially being developed by Bill Weyland of City Properties Group and property owners Valle and Stephen Jones. Plans call for incorporating many of the buildings’ unique original features including hardwood floors and large windows offering views of downtown, the arena, and the Ohio River.

“We are excited to [be] part of the rebirth of this block,” Valle Jones said in a statement. “Our vision has always been an historic renovation that would create a pedestrian friendly, mixed-use environment with river views in the heart of downtown.”

Both buildings making up Whiskey Row date to around 1875 and once housed bourbon for fine Louisville distilleries and the headquarters of the L&N Railroad. The western-most building was designed by Henry Whitestone and sits on the original site of the Galt House. The eastern building was designed by John Andrewartha, the architect of Louisville’s City Hall. The building was home to such distilleries as Bonnie Bros., Old Times Distillery, and Glenmore Distillery.

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