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LouisvilleKY faces ‘devastating’ cuts in services

Mayor: Without new revenue, city faces “devastating” cuts in services because of Frankfort-mandated pension obligation Cuts would include every agency of Metro government, including police officers, fire stations, libraries and community services Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer outlined specific and “devastating” potential cuts to city services and staff that would, without new revenue, be necessary to cover an expected $65 million budget gap over the next four years, caused by a state-mandated pension increase that grows every year through FY23. The potential cuts range from staffing reductions in nearly every Louisville Metro Government (LMG) department, including police, fire and…


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LouisvilleKY’s Heine Brothers’ opens Location at State Street in New Albany

  Locally-owned fair trade and organic roaster will also host an official grand opening celebration Feb. 15 NEW ALBANY, Ind. –Heine Brothers’ Coffee, Louisville’s original fair trade and organic coffee roaster, announced today that its new location at 414 Daisy Lane and State Street in New Albany, IN is now open. The new spacious 2,000 square-foot café will be the company’s 16th location and will include a convenient drive-thru as well as an outdoor patio. Artist Monica Mahoney, best known for her art car creations for 21C Hotel including the red bejeweled limo, is working on a mural that will hang inside…


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Airbnb delivers Metro LouisvilleKY nearly $1 million in local taxes

LOUISVILLE, KY —  Airbnb, the world’s leading community driving hospitality company, announced today that it delivered $955,000 in home sharing tax revenue to Louisville Metro in 2018 on behalf of its local host community. In March 2018, Airbnb and Louisville Metro jointly announced a tax agreement which allowed the home sharing platform to automatically collect the 8.5% transient room tax on behalf of the host community and remit the revenue directly to the city. The agreement delivered a new revenue stream for the city to capture the tourism benefits of more people visiting and experiencing Louisville thanks to home sharing. The agreement took effect on April 1,…


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$34 million mixed-use development planned west of Ninth in LouisvilleKY

Louisville, KY.,  – Mayor Greg Fischer has announced the historic, long vacant warehouse located at 1405 W. Broadway has been acquired by the Housing Partnership Inc. (HPI) to be redeveloped into a $34 million mixed-use development. “This historic building has been a visible commercial marker of the Ninth Street divide and represented blight,” said the Mayor. “I commend HPI’s investment, which will bring this property back to the commercial vibrancy it once was for west Louisville and will attract additional investments along West Broadway.” Originally built in 1922 as the National Candy Co. Frank A. Menne factory, this property is on the National…


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LouisvilleKY’s Michter’s Fort Nelson Distillery Opening Celebration on January 31st, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.,  /PRNewswire/ — After years of restoration work, Michter’s Fort Nelson Distillery will have an opening celebration on Thursday, January 31st, 2019.  Public tours are scheduled to begin on February 2nd and can be booked at www.michters.com. Located at 801 West Main Street on Louisville’s Museum Row, the distillery is directly across the street from The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and down the block from The Frazier History Museum, which has been designated the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center. The Fort Nelson building is an impressive example of cast iron and stone construction with Romanesque windows and a striking corner turret rising above its neighbors. First built in…


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Troublesome LouisvilleKY intersection reopens

Realigned Dixie/Broadway/18TH crossing opened Louisville, KY – Mayor Greg Fischer this week  opened the newly realigned intersection of Eighteenth Street, Dixie Highway and Broadway to traffic. The realignment eliminated a traffic bottleneck where the three streets converge at a major West End development site. The $1.2 million project completed by TSI Construction last week rerouted Dixie Hwy slightly eastward to align it directly with Eighteenth Street. That got rid of a zigzag between the two streets that had required separate traffic signals at two intersections less than one hundred feet apart on Broadway, and connected them in a single intersection with…


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LouisvilleKY to get Crunch Franchise

LOUISVILLE, Ky., /PRNewswire/ — Crunch Franchise today announced the March 2019 opening of a $2.5 million, 31,000 square-foot fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities in Louisville, Kentucky. Crunch Dixie – located in the Dixie Manor shopping center at 6801 Dixie Highway – will be one of the largest Crunch locations nationwide. Beginning this week, prospective members will be able to join Crunch Dixie for monthly rates starting at $9.95. The first 500 members will also receive free enrollment, a free t-shirt, discounts on small and personal group training and a chance to win other prizes. Crunch Dixie will offer top-quality cardio and strength training equipment, half-hour…


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Messer/Harmon JV to build LouisvilleKY’s soccer stadium

Same firm did Cardinal Stadium expansion; strong minority commitment LOUISVILLE – Messer/Harmon JV has been selected to build Louisville City Football Club’s new stadium in the historic and burgeoning Butchertown area. Construction begins in earnest this week. Messer Construction is one of the region’s largest building contracters and is employee-owned with nearly 120 works n the Louisville area. Harmon Construction, based in North Vernon, Ind., has strong ties to Louisville. William A. “Billy” Harmon, the firm’s president, played basketball for the University of Louisville from 1973–77. Messer and Harmon previously teamed up to manage the expansion of the University of Louisville’s…


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LouisvilleKY’s Opportunity Zones touted as great investment

Louisville, KY., – Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer today joined community leaders, investors and Louisville Metro Government representatives to champion Opportunity Zones as a new tool to help revitalize Louisville neighborhoods. Additionally, the Mayor released the city’s Opportunity Zones Prospectus, a holistic document that showcases Louisville’s assets and will be shared with investors locally and across the country. “Opportunity Zones are a new avenue for us to attract investment to areas of our city that already have momentum and could see tremendous growth and opportunity with additional capital investment,” said the Mayor. “We want responsible development and projects that benefit our…


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Airbnb Delivers $2.1 Million in Tax Revenue Kentucky in First Year of Agreement

FRANKFORT, KY — Airbnb, the world’s leading community driven hospitality company, announced today that it remitted over $2.1 million in home sharing tax revenue on behalf of its Kentucky hosts in the first year of its tax agreement with the state, greatly exceeding initial projections. In September 2017, Airbnb and the Kentucky Department of Revenue announced a historic tax agreement, allowing the home sharing platform to automatically collect the 6% state sales tax and the 1% state transient room tax on behalf of its host community and remit the revenue directly to the commonwealth. That agreement took effect October 1, 2017, infusing a new revenue stream for the…