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Louisville seeks developer for dormant Gardens


Louisville officials are seeking a developer to breathe new life into the long-dormant, history-laden Louisville Gardens.

Officials believe the century-old one-time armory where Elvis Presley performed and Martin Luther King Jr. spoke is suitable for adaptive reuse as a combination of apartments, offices, retail or institutional purposes.

The head of the economic and community development offices, Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, told The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/1nIF1iq ) the city has received a fair number of expressions of interest in the 6,000-seat, three-story arena in downtown.

The Gardens opened in 1905 and over the decades the Beaux Arts structure was the site of hundreds of basketball, wrestling and other sporting events, graduation ceremonies and concerts.

Most of the events were phased out after city-county merger in 2003, and the building has had few uses since.

Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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