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City of Louisville begins demolishing portions of Colonial Gardens

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Demolition has begun on the non-historic portions of Colonial Gardens.

Louisville councilman Dan Johnson said Tuesday this is the first phase of what will ultimately be a redevelopment of the site.

"I am pleased that we have finally begun this overdue demolition of this section of Colonial Gardens as a way to improve the overall appearance and stabilization of this historic structure," he said.

"After years of concern, the residents of this area can see we are making progress to revitalize this historical landmark."

The property across from Iroquois Amphitheater was originally opened as a beer garden back in 1902. It stayed open under new ownership and different purposes until 2003. But since then, it’s been vacant.

In April 2014, the city agreed to sell the property to Underhill Associates for a complete revamp. Metro Louisville would contribute $1.2 million toward the construction of 16,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space.

"I cannot wait until Colonial Gardens soon becomes the economic engine of South Louisville," Johnson said.

Related:

City, Underhill reach deal for South Louisville development

City of Louisville set to begin revitalization of old Colonial Gardens property

Louisville leaders moving quickly to rehab Colonial Gardens building

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