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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Louisville officials want to revitalize the history-filled Louisville Gardens, a downtown venue that once hosted an Elvis Presley concert and Martin Luther King Jr., speech.
The city's Metro Council included in its 2013-14 budget a directive that the Metro Department of Economic Growth and Innovation issue a request for proposals to restore activity to the 6,000-seat, three story arena that was once an armory.
The city's economic-growth director, Ted Smith, says the city may send out a request for proposals in the fall to see what interest there is in the facility.
The Gardens opened in 1905 as an armory, and over the decades was the site of hundreds of sporting events, graduations, concerts and other activities.
Events were phased out after city-county merger in 2003.