To continue our coverage of the Smoketown neighborhood in light of its possible transformation through a $200 million Hope VI development, we’re going to take a look at some of the built context on the eastern edge of the neighborhood closest to Beargrass Creek and our proposed Beargrass Boulevard that we first discussed a few days ago.
We looked at one particularly interesting industrial complex, an old grain elevator and a massive trolley barn, in the area last year, so that one won’t include it in this survey. There are many other large industrial and commercial buildings lining the eastern portion of Smoketown, all in varying states on repair.
After the click, we’ve also included a couple photos of the route that Beargrass Boulevard would take running parallel to Beargrass Creek. Of particular interest is an old cold-storage warehouse that was proposed to be converted into condos a while back. It looks like work started at some point to remove brick for windows, but plans have been on hold for years. Perhaps with gaining interest in the neighborhood, these great industrial buildings could one day actually provide a some useful and creative spaces for the city.
There are lots of photos, and we’ll let them speak for themselves. If you know any interesting historical tidbits about them, feel free to tell us in the comments. We’re putting together a history of the neighborhood that will go online next week. So here we go, familiarize yourself with eastern Smoketown.
- One More Reason To Love East Broadway (Broken Sidewalk)
- Smoketown To Be Transformed By $200 Million Hope VI Development (Broken Sidewalk)
- Beargrass Boulevard: A Proposal For Smoketown & Beyond (Broken Sidewalk)