LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Years of rain and moisture have eaten away at Whiskey Row.
"There’s a serious amount of deterioration,” said Ron Carmicle, who is the Principal for the McCall Group. “We have a lot of moisture inside the buildings. The roofs have failed, the timbers failed and there's a serious amount of collapse in these buildings."
The historic downtown Louisville structures received the next step to recovery. Selective demolition began Tuesday morning.
The two building farthest to the east on Main Street will be knocked down, but their facades will be preserved. The three adjacent buildings west of them will be salvaged. To the west of those buildings, the next two will be knocked down, but rebuilt.
"Just the fact that the owners are committed to salvaging this property is significant,” said Carmicle. “It's costly, it’s not the easiest way to do it, but I have respect for that."