LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Even though Brown-Forman is spending millions of dollars to help revitalize Main Street's Whiskey Row, the improvements won't end there. There is much more to come along the 100 block of West Main Street.
Now that Brown-Forman has announced it is spending $30 million to build an Old Forester distillery, the attention turns to what will happen to the three remaining vacant buildings.
"When we are ready to announce we won't be shy about it," Valle Jones told WDRB news last October during an interview.
Today Jones was unavailable for an interview but she sent us an e-mail with this response:
"We are very excited to see Brown-Forman return to this block and bring 'whiskey' back to 'Whiskey Row.' Our group has been working with Brown-Forman to see this project come to fruition. This development is a celebration of Whiskey Row's history and will undoubtedly become a major tourist attraction. We look forward to sharing our own development plans in the near future."
Jones is part of a group called Main Street Revitalization. It is working to restore three buildings that at one time were in danger of collapsing.
With the help of $2 million from Louisville Metro Government, the group has already spent several million dollars of its own money to buy the properties and stabilize the buildings with steel bracing.
In last year's interview Jones added this, "I understand until people see the lifts and construction equipment on site, and workers on the job, it looks like nothing is going on, but the bulk of the work that goes on in redevelopment is actually before the construction starts."
Preliminary plans called for offices and apartments on the upper floors with shops and restaurants on the ground floors.
Since the KFC Yum! Center opened four years ago, this block has come alive with new restaurants, some of which provide outdoor dining.
An upscale hotel, A-Loft developed by Steve Poe, is under construction on the southwest corner of the block.
More details on the project are expected to be revealed in the coming weeks, if not days.
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