Louisville Slugger Museum & Bat Factory
800 W. Main Street, Louisville, KY
Baseball bat factory and museum, parking structure
Prominently featuring the trademark 120-foot tall bat along Historic West Main Street, the H&B Louisville Slugger headquarters has served to extend the western boundary of the central business district. As a precursor to the mixed-use urban revitalization, the manufacturing operation also provides a tourism component that has evolved to become one of the city’s top attractions since its reopening in Louisville in 1996.
Bill Weyland was instrumental in creating the financial structure that facilitated the factory’s move back from Indiana to its namesake city. In addition to strengthening downtown tourism, strategies in the development include historic preservation and creative parking solutions. The historic 812 West Main building was integrated into the adjacent new structure, designing the new infill for functionality with respect to the existing historic context. A screened parking structure, integrated with the manufacturing areas, forms a stable revenue-generating component to the development.
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815 W. Market Street, Louisville, KY
Glass art galleries, studios, and walk-in workshop; commercial space, live/work units, condos, event space, event roof deck
The Glassworks District features mixed-use urban buildings in a planned downtown neighborhood that anchors the west end of downtown Louisville's Central Business District. This vibrant community features a mix of glass art studios, galleries, restaurants, live music and other events, retail and office space, as well as urban lofts and condos, many with city views. The location allows for an engaging downtown live/work/play lifestyle, within walking distance of the Central Business District as well as many cultural amenities.
The Glassworks is the center of this exciting district, located in the renovated Snead Manufacturing Building. Built in 1909, this structure was widely regarded as the city’s ugliest building in the late 1990s. With CITY Properties Group as lead designer and developer, this former eye-sore, once slated for demolition, opened as a multi-use facility in 2001 with the first urban loft apartments in downtown Louisville. CITY Properties Group continues to manage the buildings in the Glassworks District including Glassworks, Glassworks II, and ZirMed Towers.
214 S. Eighth Street, Louisville, KY
Commercial space, live/work condos
The Glassworks II Building, a historic 5-story masonry structure, has survived many uses to be renovated into 30,000 square feet of mixed-use office and residential condominiums. The building’s unique character of exposed brick and heavy timber construction combined with modern amenities creates a unique urban character in the heart of the city.
CITY Properties Group undertook renovation of the former Goodwill building and minimum security facility to offer another residential and commercial option in the Glassworks District. The firm designed the new condo layouts, supervised construction, and continues to manage the building.
CITY Properties Group designed and supervised construction of the new 11-story ZirMed Towers building after securing a major commercial tenant to use the building as their headquarters. Construction began in 2008 and ZirMed occupied the building starting in 2009.
ZirMed Towers is another element of the Glassworks District, which anchors the western edge of downtown. The towers continue development of the first mixed-use neighborhood in the Central Business District and are within walking distance of Main Street’s Museum Row, the Kentucky Center for the Arts, 21C Museum Hotel, restaurants, banks, retail stores, and much more. The building serves as headquarters for ZirMed and offers some of the best views of Louisville and the Ohio River, especially from the SkyLoft, a 1,500 square foot condo with a 1,600 square foot roof deck available for rent for corporate functions, receptions, rehearsal dinners, cocktail parties, seminars and other events. Upscale residential condominiums are also available with the opportunity for buyers to make design and finish decisions.
Glassworks District Garage
838 W. Market Street, Louisville, KY
Opened in March 2011, this new parking structure offers options for Louisville Museum Row visitors, as well as residential and commercial tenants in the Glassworks District. CITY Properties Group built on established commercial and public relationships to design and construct a garage that contains offices for commercial tenants and 425 parking spaces. Green screens on the garage enliven the facades and will continue the focus on landscaping in the Glassworks District.