Colgate plant in Clarksville
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Colgate plant in Clarksville
Colgate plant in Clarksville. (Branden Klayko / Broken Sidewalk)

The old Colgate plant and clock on Clarksville riverfront has officially been transferred to a New York advertising company and is in the process of making its way into the hands of developers. Active International is the unnamed company looking to purchase the structure at the end of last year, but environmental studies of the grounds apparently took longer than expected. The company has been known to barter advertising services for clients’ underutilized assets such as property, which may have been a contributing factor for the Colgate purchase (AI does marketing work for Colgate).

Colgate plant in Clarksville
Colgate plant in Clarksville. (Branden Klayko / Broken Sidewalk)

Negotiations are reportedly under way to find a developer to take on the redevelopment of the 52 acre Colgate campus into a major component of the proposed Clark’s Landing district stretching from the plant to the Ohio River. Don’t expect to see construction any time soon, though. Rick Dickman, redevelopment director for Clarksville, says any construction activity is likely at least three years away.

All the basic information we’ve known for a while (read more here and here), but the announcement finalizes the sale and represents the project moving forward. Next, a master plan is being pursued that will incorporate New Urbanist principles in the district’s layout and one or several developers will take on redevelopment of the site.

The old red-brick prison-turned-factory will likely remain but there is no provision for Clarksville to mandate its preservation. A yellow brick art-deco styled structure just west of the original building will likely be torn down, according to Clarksville. Losing the modern streamlined profile of the art-deco building would be a loss for the area overall if you ask us, but, of course, plans are still being developed. In the mean time, take a look at the Colgate plant close up after the click.

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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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1 COMMENT

  1. Thanks for covering this, I really hope this is developed in a beneficial way to the community. And I have always loved that art deco portion of the building. Guess it’s time to go lie down in front of some bulldozers!

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