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Boutique hotel to debut on Main Street next year — and it's named after a famous Louisvillian

Tennessee-based Vision Hospitality Group unveiled plans on its website to launch the 51-room Grady Hotel in downtown Louisville.
Credit: CHRISTOPHER FRYER, Louisville Business First
A Tennessee company will convert this office building at 601 W. Main St. into a boutique hotel, The Grady Hotel, named after famous Louisville urban planner and journalist Grady Clay. (via Christopher Fryer, Louisville Business First)

(LBF) -- A Tennessee hotel developer will debut a new boutique hotel in downtown Louisville next year. And it will be named in honor of a well-known Louisville journalist.

Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Vision Hospitality Group unveiled plans on its website to launch the 51-room Grady Hotel in downtown Louisville as part of its new Humanist lifestyle portfolio.

The hotel will be in a converted five-story office building at 601 W. Main St. and was first proposed two years ago without a name. Vision Hospitality Group bought the building in August 2016 for $3.5 million, according to Jefferson County property records.

The hotel's name is a tribute to the late Grady Clay, a Louisville journalist who specialized in landscape architecture and urban planning. Clay was a key contributor to the New Urbanism movement and was a founding member of the Crescent Hill Community Association.

For more on this from Louisville Business First, click here.