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It’s only been a couple of weeks since the tower cranes hovering over the Omni block in Downtown Louisville began to rise into their own place on the skyline. But today the mega-block construction site is a mini city within a city walled off behind chained link as construction crews move about their business of preparing the Omni Louisville Hotel‘s foundation.

06-omni-louisville-hotel-construction-april-2016We stopped by the construction site recently to take a look at the action from a variety of vantage points, and there’s plenty to see. The day after these photos were taken, a line of concrete trucks wrapped around the block on Third and Liberty streets dousing the site with concrete where crews had previously been laying rebar.

The $300 million Omni Louisville Hotel includes not just a 600 room hotel, but also some 200 apartments, retail and restaurant space, and a mini-convention center within its walls. On the western side of the block, there’s also a way-too-large, above ground parking deck that’s thrown the future of Third Street into jeopardy.

The Omni ceremoniously broke ground on January 29 and is expected to be complete by 2018. There will be plenty of time for construction updates along the way.

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