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Urban Government Center now empty, no decisions made on future development

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The Urban Government Center at 810 Barret Avenue is now empty and fenced off. The Urban Government Center at 810 Barret Avenue is now empty and fenced off.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The mold infested Urban Government Center at 810 Barret Avenue is officially vacant and all metro employees have moved out.

John Mahorney has lived on Vine Street for 11 years, directly across from the Urban Government Center. He's watched the old building, riddled with health hazards, empty out. He's ready to see some big changes. 

"At this point, since the city's not using this property anymore, we're excited about what might be happening here,” Mahorney said. "We're for progress, and if progress means the building coming down, then we're for that."

The building is fenced off, which is a sign demolition could be on the horizon. However, a Louisville Forward spokesperson, the planning agency in charge of the project, told WDRB there's been "no decision made."

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says there's no rush.

"It's going to be a combination of people approaching us with ideas from a business and redevelopment standpoint, and also what the neighborhood wants, and once that's all decided, we will go through a process of bidding for that piece of property for its best use and we'll go from there,” Mayor Fischer said. 

A planning meeting was held in late August asking for community input for redevelopment. Many residents expressed a desire for green space, added housing, and revitalization ideas that will fit in with the current projects in the Paristown Pointe neighborhood.

Multi-million dollar development is already happening there, with plans for a new location for Goodwood Brewing Co., an overhaul of Louisville Stoneware and satellite space for the Kentucky Center of the Performing Arts. With no new updates or concrete plans, a timeline for redeveloping 810 Barret Avenue is uncertain.

"We're hoping in about five years to see some kind of action and with Paristown developing the way it is, we want to see more progress and we want to see whatever happens here add to what's already going on here,” Mahorney said. 

Mayor Fischer says he is confident in the future of the site. "Regardless, it's going to end up great, whatever happens there, because of the location of where it's at in the city. It’s a real thriving location,” he said. 

A Louisville Forward spokesperson says there should be an update on site plans sometime early next year.

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