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Brewery among possible tenants of Louisville soccer stadium complex

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A proposed soccer stadium complex in Butchertown could include a brewery or brewpub in addition to hotels, office space and other commercial and retail buildings, according to plans filed with Louisville Metro government.

Developers of the project, led by the owners of the Louisville City FC professional soccer club, are seeking a zoning change this week that would give them more flexibility for a variety of tenants on 32 acres near Campbell and Adams streets.

Part of the property is now zoned for industrial use. But the Louisville Metro Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Thursday to consider making the entire site an enterprise zone, which the developers want “so as not to foreclose any viable stadium related/compatible use,” their application says.

The Metro Council would have the final say over the zoning change and other waivers. Meanwhile, developers say they’ll move forward on financing the $193 million project once Kentucky state government decides whether to grant tax increment financing, a subsidy that could cover about $35 million of the total cost.

Project officials expect a decision on the tax rebates by late May at the earliest, said Brad Estes, executive vice president of Louisville City FC.

It may take six to 12 months to finalize the tenants, but “we are talking to a couple of different local breweries about putting a brew pub on site,” he said. Plans filed with the city also suggest a distillery could be part of the project, but Estes said that's unlikely.

New renderings also show the stadium sitting on the eastern edge of the property in order to “make this a true stadium district,” Estes said.

“We’re trying to make this an organic development where the office buildings and the hotels and the retail feed into the stadium,” he said.

In all, plans call for a 10,000-seat stadium; two hotels with a combined 308 rooms; 340,000 square feet of commercial office space; 50,000 square feet of restaurant space; and 20,000 square feet of retail space.

An elevated pedway would be built over Campbell Street, connecting parking lots on the western edge of the site, documents show.

Demolition work was continuing on the site this week. Estes said crews have razed an office building once used by Challenger Lifts and are taking down a nearby manufacturing building; that work should be complete within a couple of weeks.

By the end of March, he said, the storage units on the property will be empty and can be demolished. Other pre-construction work includes removing vehicles from Marshall’s Auto Parts and above ground oil tanks.

Estes said no unexpected environmental issues have been discovered.

Developers plan to start construction this summer and finish by March 2020, the deadline for teams in the United Soccer League to play in soccer-specific stadiums.

Louisville City FC, which now plays at the Louisville Slugger Field baseball stadium, won the USL championship in November.

Metro Louisville is spending $30 million in bond proceeds to buy the land and prepare it for new construction. As part of a deal approved by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration and the Metro Council, the developers agreed to spend $130 million in private funds on the project and reimburse the city $14.5 million through stadium rent and other revenue.

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