Construction in the Original Highlands. (Branden Klayko / Broken Sidewalk)
Construction in the Original Highlands. (Branden Klayko / Broken Sidewalk)
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Construction work has begun on a project that will transform two vacant building on Barret and Christy avenues into a restaurant, an apartment, and another retail spot. Paul Kuhl and Ivor Chodkowski plan to open Harvest, a restaurant serving locally grown foods, in the one-story portion of the building and lease space in the adjacent structure. Today, the sounds of hammers filled the sidewalk as crews worked on the nearly gutted interior.

The first phase of construction includes a 1,400-square-foot retail outlet and 900 square foot one-bedroom apartment. Kuhl explained that work on the two-story building will take about four to six weeks to complete and work on the restaurant will start soon thereafter. The entrepreneurs searches for two years to find the Original Highlands property and are excited about its location anchoring the northern end of Barret Avenue. The area is dense and contains quite a few jobs within walking distance. It’s just a couple blocks from Baxter Avenue to the east. A sandwich shop is still under construction one block to the north, so this stretch of Barret Avenue could see quite a rebirth. The project is still working through a few parking issues. Current rules require 36 parking spots for the new use of the one-story building, but there is a proposal before Metro Council to lower that requirement to a more manageable 16 spaces for urban areas. The building permit posted on the front window estimates the first phase cost at $100,000 and the second floor apartment is expected to rent for about $695 per month. A metal canopy covering the sidewalk has already been removed and new windows are planned. The wooden siding will also be replaced with new fiber cement hardie-board siding. When all is said and done, this corner will be quite a bit more lively than it’s been in years.

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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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4 COMMENTS

  1. There was a little confusion with the parking info we are going thru a plan review on the change of usage for the one story building. The current rules require 36 spaces for the new use. The word is there is a proposal moving to the metro council to lower the requirements to half that amount need in urban areas.

  2. The parking spot requirement is pesky, though I understand why it exists. What about providing 2 parking spots, and a nice big bike rack out front? It would be lovely if that could satisfy the requirements. As a community, I feel our thinking about these issues needs to change.

  3. Harvest will be a wonderful and welcome addition to the neighborhood! We hope everything progresses smoothly for you and if we can help in any way, would be glad to.
    We are anxiously awaiting 🙂
    Your neighbors,
    Carl & Shawn Stucker
    European Antique Market

    and merci Broken Sidewalk…a wonderful site you have!

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