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No end in sight to downtown renovation project

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A milestone is reached in a complicated downtown renovation project, but it's still uncertain when a new micro distillery will be completed.

It's been several years since Michter's announced it would build such a downtown attraction in a one-hundred year old building on the northwest corner of 8th and Main Streets.

Because the building has been vacant for at least 30 years, it was in terrible shape requiring a lot of extra work and delaying the project's completion.

Workers had to erect a temporary steel brace just to keep the building from falling down.

"Once we realized how far the building was leaning, Michter's wanted to take steps to make sure it was safe for the city and for people to walk around the building and those construction workers who needed to work in the building," says Cash Moter, an architect with Joseph and Joseph, the firm in charge of the project's design.

The steel brace required the closing of 8th Street between River Road and Main Streets.

While the scaffolding remains, the brace is gone, and the building is now secure.

"The turret on top is being restored as well as the metal work around the outside," says Moter, so we will be working on that and getting it completed as soon as we can."

Inside the building, all of the rotten wood has been replaced by strong steel beams and soon the building of the actual micro distillery can begin.

"It's a big improvement and we are pleased to see the structural work finally wrapped up," says Moter.

Even though the steel brace is gone, it is still going to take some time to completely open 8th Street to two lanes because the small concrete block like foundations that held up the brace have to be removed.

So for now that portion of 8th Street will remain one lane.

As for the renovations, Michter's still isn't saying when the micro distillery will open, but that the distilling company remains committed to the project even though the original estimated $7 million dollar cost continues to climb.

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