Expansion and Redevelopment Planned for Kentucky Expo Center and Louisville
A $52-million expansion of the Kentucky Exposition Center’s South Wing will add 166,500 square feet of prime exhibit space, 57,000 square feet of additional meeting and conference space and a larger reception area. Construction is set to begin in early fall.
Warren Sellers, show director for the International Lawn, Garden & Power Equipment Expo (EXPO 2003), says the beginning stages of the expansion this fall will not affect logistics at the October 18-20 show. Construction should be completed in the fall of 2005.
“The advantage of this expansion for EXPO is that it will allow us to move the entire show into the South Wing, which has higher ceilings and better lighting than the East Wing where we currently have some exhibits,” says Sellers. “ Also, the South Wing doesn’t have the obstructive columns that we have to contend with the East Wing.”
Not only will EXPO participants see changes at the show’s venue, but in Louisville’s downtown as well. Construction will begin this spring on a long-awaited $70-million project to transform the Louisville Galleria, an urban mall, into “Fourth Street Live,” an entertainment hub.
The first businesses in Fourth Street Live should be open by spring 2004, but already the development has stimulated activity downtown. Two new restaurants will open on Fourth Street this spring. A jazz club is under construction on Main Street.
Within a few blocks of Fourth Street Live will be a new, 617-room Marriott Convention Center Hotel. Ground will be broken for the hotel in early May, and it could open in spring 2005.