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Openings & Closings newsletter: Downtown Louisville redevelopment for artists

Louisville Courier-Journal logo Louisville Courier-Journal 1/12/2021 Ben Tobin, Louisville Courier Journal
a person standing in front of a building: The redevelopment for the Starks Building should be complete by spring 2023. © courtesy of Fifth Dimension Architecture & Interiors The redevelopment for the Starks Building should be complete by spring 2023.

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A famous building in downtown Louisville may soon be converted into apartments and a space dedicated to the local artist community.

Downtown Louisville redevelopment for artists — Located on Fourth Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard, the Starks Building has been around for more than a century.

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Now, the 14-story building in downtown Louisville will receive a face lift, as a group spearheaded by a Louisville developer is eyeing to transform it into a mixed-use space, which includes 264 loft-style apartments, geared toward the local artist community.

Todd Underhill is part of leading the efforts on this project, and he said the Starks Building is under contract. He declined to discuss the purchase price, as well as anticipated construction costs, but noted he hopes to close on the building and begin construction by the end of the year.

The project is designed to attract local artists and draws inspiration from other cities that have similar complexes, such as St. Louis, New Orleans and Minneapolis, Underhill told me.

"We think we're going to attract a whole brand of people to live there because it's been so successful in these other cities," Underhill said.

The studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments will range from $854 to a slightly more than $1,000 per month, according to Underhill. He also said the renovation will include a "first-class" restaurant on the ground floor, a package delivery store and a rooftop bar.

Read more about the Starks Building redevelopment plan here.

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Ben Tobin | bjtobin@gannett.com | Twitter: @Ben__Tobin

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