The Louisville Metropolitan Business Development Corporation (METCO) has awarded its latest round of loans totaling $337,767 to six local businesses, and four of them will have direct results on four building facade renovations across the city.
On East Market Street, a $50,000 facade and $5,000 accessibility loan will help owners Chris and Anne Fuller to renovate 811 East Market (above). The duo plan to restore the building’s original facade from beneath its current faux-stone cladding. Hopefully that also means bringing back the old storefront and the potential limestone columns that may or may not be underneath. New handicap-accessible restrooms are also planned.
Aaron Frisbee, Larry Bisig and George Dumstorf III received a $50,000 facade loan to fix up Bisig Impact Centre at 640 S. 4th Street. Among the planned repairs is a new glass storefront system, paint, and marble panels. You might remember when we poked fun at the building’s rather nontraditional column bases, but we’re hoping this update will help the structure blend better on the sidewalk with nearby retail in Theater Square. Ideally that might mean bumping the storefront back out to the edge of the building, but we’re not sure if these updates involve moving or simply replacing the storefront.
Joseph Impellizzeri will be using a $50,000 facade and $10,000 accessibility loan to renovate 412-420 W. Oak Street between Fourth and Garvin streets which are currently in a state of disrepair (above, below). Plans include a new brick facade and glass storefront and new handicap-accessible restrooms. Old Louisville has been trying to transform the 4th and Oak corridor into the neighborhood’s retail center, but efforts have been slow-going. These easily-updated simple commercial buildings can begin to transform a corridor much faster than new construction. Here’s hoping the new facade will be filled with character.
Finally, Tommy and Sally Clemons, owners of the Highlands Tap Room, received an oddly specific $30,017 façade loan to renovate 1058 Bardstown Road just north of Grinstead Drive where the bar will soon relocate. Improvements include new windows, paint, and awnings. The building’s brick facade appears to be fairly new and was added by someone who doesn’t know much about historic design as evidenced by generic metal window lintels that offer no visual cues as to how the brick is actually being held in place. While we’re not sure if it’s part of the plans, it would be great to see that one-parking-spot curb cut eliminated on Bardstown in favor of a new front patio.
Two other loans were also awarded. $100,000 went to Preston Farms Popcorn at 1000 Zane Street in Park Hill that will help purchase additional equipment to expand production. Children of Excellence School House Rock also received $42,750 to help start a new daycare at 3017 Hunsinger Lane in Hikes Point.