And, So It Begins: Construction on New Parking Garage Begins

(Construction crews begin activity on newly proposed parking garage)

And, so it begins…

Earlier this week, heavy equipment was rolled into downtown Louisville and construction crews are now on-sight to begin demolition and content removal that will enable a new parking garage to be built adjacent to the former “Fetzer Building.”

The new parking structure, to be located in-between the Ice House and the historic “Fetzer Building,” will become part of the newly proposed Louisville Thoroughbred Society.

The roof top of the garage — which is proposed to be a “green roof” with open-air, park-like features — will be part of the leased property for the Louisville Thoroughbred Society.

The “Society” will be a private membership club dedicated to providing first-class service and amenities that will cater to those persons interested in, invested in, and wish to participate in the Thoroughbred industry.

The sight is expected to offer state-of-the-art audio and video presentations of racing events from around the world. In addition, the new, upscale facility will have private meeting areas, and will offer many food and beverage opportunities for all members and guests.

Valet parking is being planned, and other top shelf “membership services” are being developed to help provide value-added programs for those persons that join the club.

A first-class “Cigar Bar” is being designed for the roof top / green roof designated areas, as well.

The construction / restoration / remodel project is expected to take about 10 to 12 months to fully complete. Plans are being made, though, to potentially have the facility open before the 2019 Kentucky Derby, if possible.

More definitive plans on “Opening” will be defined as the project construction progresses, and we have a better idea on what timeline is both possible and probable.

For more information about membership packages and/or how you can invest in the project, please email us at


I was absolutely dancing into the Winner’s Circle. It was so exciting and Joel has been like one of my kids ever since he came from Bay Meadows. We tease each other a lot. We greet each other by grunting and everybody looks at us like, ‘what’s that all about’ but we’ve been doing it for years. So it’s wonderful to win with him. The owners are great people that really deserve something like this.

“This horse seems like he’s more adept at seven furlongs to a mile so I’m not sure he wants a mile and a quarter …

“I could tell my horse had won, but I was so excited in the stretch I thought I was gonna pass out.

“We are very happy with the way our horse had trained for this race, but it’s always scary when you get a look at those Baffert ‘Maseratis’, it pretty much unfolded the way we had hoped.

“The people that own this horse, they’ve got this colt a seven furlong-miler type maybe time will tell differently, but the other colt they are focusing on him going the two turns.”

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    Gene McLean began his professional career in 1977 as a sportswriter and columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky., and was recognized as one of the state’s best writers, winning the prestigious “Sportswriter of the Year” honor in 1985. Now the President and Publisher of The Pressbox, McLean sets ...

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