Signs of Fourth Street rebirth at Chestnut

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by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 14, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Updated Monday, May 14 at 6:04 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A group of "eight or ten retailers" is interested in moving together to Fourth Street, downtown, to fill a shopping void in the pre-suburbia entertainment and shopping center of Louisville, the Executive Director of the Downtown Development Corporation said on Monday.

Alan Delisle predicts a "unique experience of entertainment, attractions, built in around shopping."

Delisle spoke to WHAS11 following the announcement that Volunteers of America Kentucky is moving its headquarters to the historic Guthrie-Coke Building at Fourth and Chestnut.

"An accessible spot, a spot where we can engage the community and a spot that really aligns with the historic nature of our organization," said Jane Burks, Volunteers of America Kentucky President & CEO.

The goal is to attract 65,000 daily downtown workers and millions more convention and Fourth Street Live visitors to walk and shop in the two block corridor that stretches from the Seelbach Hotel at Muhammad Ali Boulevard to the north and the Brown Hotel at Broadway to the south.

"Imagine if we got them to step south every now and then to do some shopping," Delisle said.

A men's clothing store is planned street level in the Guthrie-Coke Building.

The second, third and fourth floors of the 125 year old building have been vacant for more than thirty years, sealed off after a 1977 fire killed two people and injured 14 firefighters.
 

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