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Florida developer plans to convert Starks building into hotel, apartments

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Starks building (photo from real estate listing) Starks building (photo from real estate listing)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Florida real estate company says on its website that it plans to convert the historic Starks building in downtown Louisville into a hotel, apartments, offices and retail.

Hudson Holdings, of Delray Beach, Fla., says it will keep the retail space on the building's ground level and convert the 13 upper floors into “office space, 200 hotel rooms and 100 rental apartments.”

No one at Hudson Holdings answered the phone Friday.

No sale of the Starks building has taken place, said Craig Collins of Commercial Kentucky, the real estate agent who has the building listed for an undisclosed price.

The development was first reported by Louisville Business First on Friday.

The Starks building, at S. 4th Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard, was built in phases in 1913 and 1927 and designed by architect Daniel Burnham, who also did city plans for Chicago and Washington, D.C., according to Commercial Kentucky's listing.

Hudson indicates on its website that it plans to take advantage of federal and Kentucky tax credits for the redevelopment of historic properties.

Hertz Starks Building LLC bought the building for $12.5 million in 2006, according to the Jefferson County PVA. 

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