Now you see if, now you don’t. Thanks to a tipster for sending in these photos of the now-leveled old Water Company Building at the Omni Hotel & Residences site. Metro Louisville was under a deadline to deliver a cleared site by the first of the year, and with the help of a lot of gray area in the city’s preservation laws, that they will meet that deadline.
These views were taken on Friday from the 16th floor of the Rudd Heart & Lung Building at Jewish Hospital.
For a few days after the old Water Company Building facade was removed but before the structure was leveled, the building presented a particularly mutilated, scarred face that’s sure to linger with those who saw it.
Construction is slated to begin next year on the $300 million Omni Hotel & Residences. The location of the now-gone Water Company Building will house the loading dock for the hotel.
You are looking directly at my office in the 5/3rd building in these photos. I am glad they are finally moving forward. I watch the progress every day. I look forward to seeing the building being built from my desk. It will be a much better thing for the city than the decrepit structures that once stagnated in that lot.