The historic Kentucky Theater at Theater Square on Fourth Street is undergoing renovation.
George Stinson, who has co-owned the building with Ed Lewis for 15 years, has announced plans to turn the 12,000 square feet space into a market place, with six tenants (and all available space) already signed. Three of the tenants should move in by Thanksgiving with the remaining tenants, including a gourmet grocery and deli, ready near the beginning of 2008. The building has had many uses since it stopped showing films in the 1970’s. Recently, it has been used by the Kentucky Theater Project.
Stinson and Lewis began work on the $1.5 million renovation project several months ago and the renovation is now about 50% complete. The first phase should be complete by Thanksgiving and the entire project complete by early 2008. With the continued revitalization of the Fourth Street area, as projects such as the Henry Clay are completed and the announced Louisville Center City District, they expect the new market place to meet success where others have failed.
This project will fill a key hole in the Fourth Street area and should continue the positive momentum in downtown Louisville development.