Just a standard construction update. Kindred Healthcare‘s suburban-style addition to its Fourth Street and Broadway campus is moving right along. The six story building built of steel with poured concrete floors long ago reached its final height, 97 feet, and sheathing has been applied to its exterior.
The $36 million, 142,000-square-foot expansion project is expected to house 500 new Kindred employees. The company is receiving up to $11.5 million in subsidies (32 percent of the building budget) from the state in the form of performance-based tax breaks for creating jobs.
At the base, set 80 feet off the sidewalk, 7,000 square feet of retail space will include a BBC brewery restaurant, similar to one that was displaced from Theater Square.
The structure was designed by Louisville’s K. Norman Berry Associates and Kelley Construction is serving as Construction Manager. The building is expected to be complete by the end of the year.
As a refresher, this parcel was once Theater Square, albeit with more smoke shops, nightclubs, and bars than actual performance venues. Barney Bright’s Louisville Clock, restored several years ago and installed in the square, was removed in summer 2015 and the entire site began demolition later that fall. In spring 2016, the parcel was little more than a muddy pit, but by later that summer, utilities had been installed, crews were beginning to appear on site, and mountains of dirt appeared.