LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A historic building formerly occupied by the Louisville Water Company will be going into storage.

According to a letter to the citizens of Louisville sent by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, the vacant Water Company building located near the corner of 2nd Street and Liberty Street will be dismantled and placed into storage to make way for the $289 million Omni hotel and apartment building.


"Now that Omni's development and design have been approved through public processes, the city has hired a contractor to begin dismantling the Water Company building in order to move forward with the Omni development," Mayor Fischer wrote. "We will be applying for necessary permits this week. Demolition work will then proceed on the additions to the Water Company building located in the rear."

"There is a 30-day notice requirement before work can be undertaken to remove the 1910 and 1914 Water Company buildings," Fischer added. "The most architecturally significant portions of the buildings -- the facade, portico, and a portion of the side walls -- will be carefully removed and placed in storage. We will then, sometime in the next 12 to 18 months, solicit proposals for the reassembly and reuse of the building. This will allow sufficient time for interested parties to fully develop a proposal and business plan that will make the best use of the Water Company building and will hopefully make it productive and relevant for generations to come."

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