The Pleune-Mobley Center on the corner of Cherokee Road and Highland Avenue has been under renovation for several weeks now, but the project took an interesting twist with the arrival of a well-digging truck today. The P-M Center has been planning renovations for some time now and held community meetings earlier this year to discuss their plans. A public hearing was held to approve a new elevator in the back of the building and the inside of the former retirement home will be transformed into meeting rooms and classrooms.
What caught our eye, though, were the “green” elements of the project. The Highland Presbyterian Church, located across the street, purchased the building several years ago after the old Parr’s Rest home moved out to the suburbs. Fundraising has been ongoing for the renovation and the congregation is closing in on a goal of $4.8 million. The church wants to bring the 1920s era building into the 21st century, and a part of that includes sustainable design provided by K. Norman Berry Associates Architects of Louisville.
Several geothermal wells are currently being dug in the front yard along Cherokee Road. While geothermal systems are more expensive in the short term, the energy savings over time should reap rewards for the building. The inside of the center will also feature energy efficient lights and earth-friendly materials. There won’t be a LEED certification involved with the renovation, but going green is good news even without a fancy plaque.
- Highland Presbyterian Church (Official Site)