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Projects underway to improve Frankfort Avenue

Projects underway to improve Frankfort Avenue

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Heigold Facade or "Doorway to Frankfort Avenue" Heigold Facade or "Doorway to Frankfort Avenue"

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- When locals think of Frankfort Avenue, most think of where all the action is but the entrance to The Avenue is actually all the way down on River Road.

The Waterfront Development Corporation is hoping to make it one continuous corridor from River Road to Frankfort Avenue's business district.

It has already bought and cleaned up what used to be Murphy Property. 

"The site was filled with a huge amount of ruble and debris and junk," Waterfront Development's David Karem told WDRB.

Karem says more projects are in the works.

"On the street side, they're going to help scrape that whole area clean and we'll come back in and plant grass seed this fall," he said.

One of their first projects was moving the Heigold house facade to its current location.

It represents the "Doorway to Frankfort Avenue."

"If you were trying to explain to someone how to get from the downtown area to the Frankfort Avenue business corridor, it was very convoluted but now you just say come down to where the Heigold facade is, which is Frankfort Avenue and take a right, and you're on Frankfort Avenue," Karem explained.

That area is also the future home to Waterfront Botanical Gardens which Karem says will also help get people using this entrance.

"The botanical garden is a huge asset to the community because it'll attract people regionally," he told WDRB.

Those in Frankfort Avenue's business district are looking forward to the improvements.

"If we could continue the vibe we have going on here down to that part of the road, I think people's mindsets will think of it more as Frankfort Avenue," said Kaycee Owens, manager at Vint Coffee.

"It certainly benefits the business community on Frankfort Avenue because it creates easy and attractive access," added Karem.

Karem says there is still work to do to connect the avenue, but soon enough, it'll all come together. 

"It all fits together like a great puzzle that takes years to happen," he concluded.

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