Conceptual rendering of a proposed development on the old Phoenix Hill Tavern. (Edwards Companies / Courtesy Tipster)
Conceptual rendering of a proposed development on the old Phoenix Hill Tavern. (Edwards Companies / Courtesy Tipster)
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Columbus, Ohio–based Edwards Companies will return to Louisville for a second public meeting to discuss the proposed redevelopment of the former Phoenix Hill Tavern site into a mixed-use development including up to 300 apartments over retail on the corner of Baxter Avenue and East Broadway.

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 10 at 7:00p.m. at Highlands Community Campus, 1228 East Breckinridge Street.

The Phoenix Hill Tavern site, left, and the Mercy Academy site, right. (Montage by Broken Sidewalk)
The Phoenix Hill Tavern site, left, and the Mercy Academy site, right. (Montage by Broken Sidewalk)

An initial concept was presented to the community on October 6 in which the above rendering was presented. Only basic details were available at the time. Developers said they would refine the concept and meet again with the community.

“At the last meeting, we did not have a preliminary plan to show you other than a rendered possible building elevation,” Jonathan Wood, vice president at Edwards Companies, wrote in a letter announcing the meeting. “Since that meeting we have prepared a plan that we would like to show you, taking into account things that people said and advice that we received.”

Wood said his company plans to soon file a draft plan with the city’s department of Planning & Design Services for pre-application review, moving the project a small tick forward.

We spoke with Wood about the project in September, when we detailed the existing site conditions, which include surface-level parking lots, several houses, three historic commercial buildings, and a number of non-contributing structures.

The Edwards Companies recently cleared its final hurdle for another project to build 200 apartments a block west on East Broadway at the former site of Mercy Academy.

 

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