LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The Office of Performance, Improvement and Innovation is celebrating the grand opening of their new downtown space.

What’s being dubbed as the Louie Lab, the office will allow for problem-solving among residents, businesses and the city.

Officials have already gotten to work installing wireless smoke detectors in abandoned properties across Louisville to cut down on the fire threat to neighboring homes.

Mayor Greg Fischer said projects like this are just the beginning to improve the city.

"Cleaner air, safer homes from fire threats for instance, faster internet speed, so we've got to jump up and look at the data. From a city perspective, involve our citizens to identify the problems and then come up with innovative ways to solve them," he said.

The Main Street space, next to the Kentucky Science Center, will also include a C-Net smart apartment.

C-Net, an online news source, will use the apartment to showcase how to use smart technology in an urban environment.