AHOY CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
AHOY (Adventure House of You) is a $4M immersive children's museum slated to open in Louisville's West End in 2024. AHOY is going to be modeled off the City Museum in St. Louis, an interactive museum that turns art into a giant playground for children. AHOY will feature exhibits based on the 1937 flood, artistic renderings of cultural assets of the area, Falls of the Ohio and fossils, Mary Millicent Miller, who was the first female steamboat captain in the United States, and more. Unlike other museums in Louisville, AHOY will encourage risky play throughout the museum and its outdoor play area. Risky play encourages children to climb, jump and test boundaries to overcome fear and support healthy, independent growth.
BARDSTOWN BOURBON CO. BRAND EXPERIENCE
Bardstown Bourbon Co. plans to open a "brand experience" at 730 W. Main St. by late summer 2023. The Louisville expansion of the Bardstown-based distiller will include a full-service bar and lounge, a bottle shop and a classroom space to educate guests on the company's "modern and technically advanced" approach to its spirits. It's also expected to host limited and rare bottle releases and intimate tastings.
BROUGH BROTHERS DISTILLERY & TASTING ROOM
Brough Brothers Distillery is planning its second location in Louisville in a building on River Road close to Waterfront Park. The Louisville-based bourbon and spirits maker intends to open a tasting room, bar and outdoor games space in 2023. Brough Brothers currently runs a distillery off Dixie Highway in the Park Hill neighborhood and was Kentucky's first black-owned distillery.
BUZZARD'S ROOST MICRODISTILLERY
Slated to open in the spring of 2023, Buzzard's Roost Spirits is the brainchild of Judith Hollis Jones and Jason Brauner, two veteran food and beverage professionals. The microdistillery at 624 W. Main St., prime real estate on Louisville's downtown Whiskey Row, will produce between five and seven barrels weekly.
CHURCHILL DOWNS RACETRACK EXPANSION
The legendary racetrack has three capital investments planned to transform key areas, including a renovated grandstand area along the famed track’s homestretch along with a new interior premium hospitality space in the first-floor concourse which is scheduled for a Kentucky Derby 2022 completion. The new Turn 1 Experience will add a hospitality venue with premium seating alongside a reserved viewing terrace, while the Paddock Area will undergo a re-design to enhance the flow of the famous plaza and upgrade the front entrance experience. These projects are slated to be complete in time for the Running of the Roses in 2023 and 2024, respectively.
DERBY CITY GAMING DOWNTOWN
Churchill Downs Inc. is opening a $6.4 million dollar, 43,000-square-foot entertainment venue - situated just diagonal to the downtown convention center which will offer 500 historical racing machines as well as a fresh-air gaming area. Additionally, three unique bar concepts will be housed on-site, including a main-level sports bar with a stage for music and live entertainment, a premium bourbon library and an elegant wine and charcuterie lounge. A retail and merchandise store will be located at street level where guests can shop for Kentucky Derby-themed merchandise year-round. Construction will begin later this year with an anticipated opening date in early 2023.
HAYMARKET AT ASHBOURNE FARMS
Ground has broken on the 6,000-square-foot market located on River Road near Zorn Avenue. The Haymarket will feature an on-site urban garden and will sell fresh produce, bakery products, grab-and-go foods and meat. There will also be an outdoor area for garden products and seasonal holiday items. Ashbourne Farms was founded in La Grange, Kentucky in 1937. The new market will be open every day of the week and is scheduled to open in winter 2023.
LOUISVILLE MUHAMMAD ALI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT RENOVATION
A $500 million project is underway which includes plans to convert to geothermal energy, upgrade jet bridges and walkways, redesign ticket counters and baggage claim areas and add more lines to security.
LOUISVILLE ZOO KENTUCKY TRAILS
This ambitious project is to be located on 20 undeveloped acres at the Louisville Zoo. Kentucky Trails will be an extensive, interactive, naturalistic experience, providing up-close encounters with bison, elk, black bear, bobcat, eagles and other iconic native animals. It will feature an Upland South Safari guided tour in an open- vehicle, a pedal, paddleboat ride, a rickhouse hall restaurant and event space, a habitat theatre and the Kentuckiana Conservation Center highlighting the Zoo’s partnership with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
WATERFRONT BOTANICAL GARDENS
Situated in the Butchertown neighborhood and just steps from Louisville’s Waterfront Park, this blooming 23-acre, $60 million dollar project has completely revitalized what was once a previous landfill into a flourishing community garden. The early phase encompassed the first building on the site, The Graeser Family Education Center - with large, flexible space able to host a range of activities. This phase also features expansion of the plaza surrounding the center, a fountain and creek pathway with waterfall stream along with a 6,000 square foot classroom building. Additional phases include adding a Japanese Garden and creek overlook along with a visitor’s center, children’s garden and conservatory.
WATERFRONT PARK PHASE IV
A $35 million-dollar conceptual project, aiming to expand Waterfront Park west of 10th Street will provide a continuation of open space along the Ohio River and the prospect for new experiences and activities for those living in the Portland and West Louisville neighborhoods. The RiverWalk from the downtown wharf to and alongside Phase IV will be improved to provide a vital pedestrian/bicycle east-west connection and a continuum of the Waterfront Park experience. The Phase IV site is rich in history and opportunity, which is reflected in the plan. The first three phases of Waterfront Park total 85-acres and is an invaluable community asset.
NEW HOTELS UNDER CONSTRUCTION
- Canopy Derby City Hotel (168 rooms, opening Spring 2024)
- Hotel Genevieve (122 rooms, opening Spring 2023)
- Myriad (65 rooms, opening Spring 2023)
- Tempo by Hilton (130 rooms, opening late 2023)
- Derby City Gaming Hotel (123 rooms, opening Spring 2023)
Recently Completed Projects:
ANGEL’S ENVY DISTILLERY EXPANSION
An $8.2 million dollar expansion to the Louisville-based craft distiller added more than 13,000 square feet as well as a new event space and bar, larger retail space and several new tasting rooms. It increased guest capacity by 64,000. The five new tasting rooms offer educational bourbon tastings, event space, and full catering kitchen to be used for pairing dinners and private events. A designated room for the Angel’s Envy “Bottle Your Own” experience allows guests to fill their own bottles of distillery-exclusives.
A $28 million-dollar mixed-use development project has now been completed. Paristown, which opened in 2019 and sits only two miles from the center of downtown is an arts & culture hub anchored by The Café (a relocated longstanding breakfast and lunch spot), Louisville Stoneware (handcrafted pottery since 1815) ,Old Forester Paristown Hall, a 28,000 square foot performing arts venue which sits alongside Christy’s Garden, a multi-use greenspace and outdoor venue. The recent expansion included The Village Market, a modern food hall and bar driven by several local restaurants.
Topgolf recently opened in Louisville's East End area. This popular entertainment attraction attracts both locals and visitors to the 65,000-square-foot facility. The three-story venue cost nearly $19 million and has the capacity to host close to 1,440 people, with options for food and drink service during player games. Currently the closest Topgolf locations to Louisville are in Nashville, Tennessee; Fishers, Indiana; and West Chester Township, Ohio.