Luckett & Farley CEO: Small bourbon distillery among options for SoBro development
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville architecture firm Luckett & Farley is considering a bourbon “microdistillery,” as well as a restaurant or bar, as development options for vacant space adjacent to the company’s headquarters on S. Third Street in the SoBro neighborhood.
“We don’t have any firm plans yet, we are just looking at our options,” Luckett & Farley CEO Aric Andrew said in a phone interview.
At the firm’s request, Louisville planning officials recently confirmed that a “microdistillery” of less than 5,000 square feet would be allowed in the special zoning district that encompasses the SoBro neighborhood, according to city planning records.
Andrew said the architecture and engineering firm has no specific plan for a distillery, but simply wanted to clarify whether that use would be an option.
He said a restaurant, bar or some combination is also possible.
“Our long range plan for those street front and ground-level spaces are for something that would enliven the neighborhood,” he said.
Luckett & Farley’s office is at 737 S. Third Street, across from the Louisville Free Public Library’s downtown branch.
At issue is vacant space in connecting buildings at the corner of Third and York Streets, including a one-story building that used to be an automotive museum, according to a letter from Jon Baker, Luckett & Farley’s land use attorney.
The potential distillery would have 5 employees and produce about four barrels of small-batch bourbon per day, according to Baker’s June 8 letter.
Andrew declined to comment on whether Luckett & Farley is speaking to potential distiller tenants.