What could have been a huge opportunity for the Butchertown neighborhood leaves me thinking, “Meh.” The old Boland-Maloney lumber yard warehouse has been for sale for years but new owners plan a large mini-warehouse complex according to a report filed in the Courier-Journal.
Located on a 1.3 acre parcel spanning Main and Washington streets east of Campbell Street, the warehouse is one massively ugly metal box. A group of investors including Greg Williams, Mark Helm, and Eleanor Bingham (the latter two developed Waterfront Park Place) will add a floor and an elevator inside the 42,000 square foot structure to create a total of around 60,000 square feet of storage space. An average storage locker is expected to be 100 square feet and the facility will be staffed 24 hours a day. Improvements could cost $1 million. More details on the project are in the C-J article.
The developers are throwing a positive spin on the project saying it’s a response to the growing popularity of living Downtown. The logic goes that as more people move into the city, smaller unit sizes will require a need for storage. The C-J said part of the facility dates to 1915, but I’m having a hard time seeing it. Anyone know if there’s an old building under part of that metal skin?
This property had (and still has) a lot of potential. It’s on a large lot, has frontage on busy Main Street and quiet Washington Street, and would make a quality mixed-use development. The Washington Street side could have really benefited from a more contextual treatment that fit the scale of the single family houses all around it. Meh.