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Two of Louisville most exciting development projects have taken a step forward. Last Friday, the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority awarded preliminary approval to both the Rabbit Hole Distillery in Nulu and to the redevelopment of Paristown Pointe around the Louisville Stoneware factory.

The Rabbit Hole Distillery site in the distance and the the Paristown Pointe redevelopment in the foreground. (Montage by Broken Sidewalk)
The Rabbit Hole Distillery site in the distance and the the Paristown Pointe redevelopment in the foreground. (Montage by Broken Sidewalk)

Rabbit Hole unveiled its concept design by Los Angeles–based (fer) Studio earlier this year. The same architects designed Gill Holland and Augusta Brown Holland’s Green Building next door to the planned distillery.

The $12.7 million project is eligible to receive up to $3.2 million in tourism tax credits. The facility bridges between East Market Street and Jefferson Street, extending a ramping pedestrian promenade over an alleyway to a second-floor entrance atop the old Disney Tire building. A lantern-like tower and cantilevering event space create a playful modern massing for the distillery.

Read more about the distillery in our previous report.

Rendering of the future entrance to Louisville Stoneware in Paristown Pointe. (Courtesy wHY)
Rendering of the future entrance to Louisville Stoneware in Paristown Pointe. (Courtesy wHY)

A few blocks south, Steve Smith and a group of local investors is planning a major transformation of Paristown Pointe. Anchored by a renovated Louisville Stoneware, a new production and retail facility from Goodwood Brewing Company, and an ambitious black-box theater from the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, the $28.6 million project completely transforms the tiny neighborhood into a cultural hub along Beargrass Creek.

Paristown Pointe Preservation Trust, the group overseeing the project, is eligible for up to $7.2 million in tourism tax credits, a key financing element of the project. The project is designed by New York– and Los Angeles–based architecture firm wHY with local partners Urban One and Booker Design Collaborative.

Learn more about the Paristown Pointe project in our initial coverage here and in our exclusive interview with Steve Smith here.

Next, state officials will continue to review both projects to make sure they meet all the tax credit guidelines. If they pass muster, the funds will later be approved.

 

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Branden Klayko

Branden Klayko

Founder and Editor at Broken Sidewalk
Branden founded Broken Sidewalk in 2008 while practicing architecture in Louisville. He continued the site for seven years while living in New York City, returning to Louisville in 2016. Branden is a graduate of the College of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, and has covered architecture, design, and urbanism for The Architect's Newspaper, Designers & Books, Inhabitat, and the American Institute of Architects.
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