Bardstown Road is gettings its own “green building.” A new two-and-a-half story mixed-use structure is proposed for the site of of a former car wash on the corner of Bardstown Road and Edgeland Avenue and will contain a Highland Cleaners, retail space, and two condos.
Michael Jones, owner of Highland Cleaners and Doric Real Estate, hopes to set a precedent for sustainable architecture on the Bardstown Road corridor with his structure dubbed the Highland Green Building. Among the green amenities planned are passive and active solar technologies, a green roof, pervious concrete, geothermal heating and cooling, and even a greenhouse above the garage that will be able to grow food year round. Jones is also planning a sidewalk educational feature with a computer screen showing how the green technology works.
Two lofted condos are planned above the first floor retail space. One retail space will include a Highland Dry Cleaners drop off location. No dry cleaning will be handled on site due to the chemicals involved in the process.
The proposed structure was designed by Design Plus Architecture of Bardstown Road who also recently designed the Bardstown-Eastern Building housing a Heine Brothers Coffee Shop just down the street. John Warmack, principal at Design Plus, says the building will be a little more modern than the B-E Building but will still blend with the neighborhood through scale and material. The building facade will primarily be brick.
A drive-through for Highland Cleaners is planned despite the green nature of the building in a walkable area, but Jones says it’s an important part of the dry-cleaning business and customers demand ease of access. Warmack said the drive-through and parking were placed at the back of the narrow site to minimize its appearance on Bardstown Road.
Construction could start as early as next month, but Doric Real Estate is still in the process of acquiring permits. The project has already been through the Bardstown Road Overlay District and a demolition permit has already been approved for the old car wash and site clearance should occur soon.
Jones and Warmack both agree tearing down the car wash and building an urban edge along the street will fundamentally improve the streetscape and create a synergy with other businesses in the area.