Developer Kevin Cogan of the Jefferson Development Group is resurrecting plans originally revealed in 2008 for a 17-story tower in the Cherokee Triangle. A new concept was filed with Metro Louisville in mid-October and a landmarks review will take place on December 14. Located at 1418 Willow Avenue on the corner of Baringer Avenue, the Joseph and Joseph-designed building still shows a historically-informed design, although the updated structure appears to have scaled back its mass slightly.
Losing its winged flanks but gaining a monumental Palladian window at it’s peak, the new design shows much more Beaux-Arts detail in its rendering than three years ago. The new structure would replace the 22-unit, low-rise Bordeaux Apartments dating to 1965 and would climb to a height of 215 feet, making it the second tallest building in the Highlands, behind the nearby 1400 Willow which has 20 floors. The Dartmouth tower across Barringer dating to 1928 contains 11 stories. (Check out the Dartmouth under construction in 1927.) To be built, the site would require rezoning to allow for the increased density.
Could the renewed interest in the site signal a new confidence in the local economy to support luxury residences and large-scale construction?
Submitted plans also show an underground parking facility under the building. Full plans for the project can be reviewed at Metro Planning or online next week. The Metro Landmarks Commission will review the demolition and design of the new building on December 14 at 514 West Liberty Street at 4:30 p.m.