Louisville Thoroughbred Society: The Work Continues Towards 2019 Opening

(Construction crews continue to do all the infrastructure work and pour the concrete footers for a new parking garage that will  be located next to the Hughes Building. The roof top of the garage will provide open air, roof-top leisure space for the Louisville Thoroughbred Society. Coming 2019 / Photo by Gene McLean)

While the weather outside has been a lot like Christmas, the temps did turn September on Sunday. And, it gave us a chance to head down to 209 East Main Street for a quick look at the construction site and renovation work currently underway on the Louisville Thoroughbred Society and its’ adjacent parking garage — at 209 East Main Street in downtown Louisville.

The footers for the parking garage and the “soon-to-be new” staircase wells and elevators shafts for the historic Hughes Building have been poured.

The rebar that reinforces all of the concrete work has arrived and is ready to be installed in all of the concrete columns and support beams.

New windows and door ways have been cut into the upper floors of the Hughes Building and will soon be opened up and ready for more light to be shed on the entire project.

And, the parking garage will soon start to look more like a structure than the neighborhoods newest man-made swimming pool.

In short, work continues on what will become the future home of the Louisville Thoroughbred Society, which will occupy the second floor and the entire roof top of the proposed and under-construct parking garage.

Going into this business week, which starts on Monday, Dec. 3, we have sold 26 of the original 30 shares in the project, and we will look to finish up that part of the financial underpinning over the next week to 10 days.

The first meeting of the “Investor Members” will be held on or around Dec. 12 or 13, and we will begin to make some “business decisions” on how best to move the project — both structurally and otherwise — forward. The group’s first “Board of Directors” will be selected, and we will begin reaching out to potential “Individual Members” in earnest.

And, we will continue to meet with our interior designers; our Audio/Video experts and advisors; potential collaborators on our state-of-the-art “Cigar Bar;” and our food & beverage providers in hopes of moving our vision better into a reality focus and fulfilling our mission.

So what is our mission, you ask? (We are so glad you asked.)

Our mission is to provide a spectacular entertainment venue in downtown Louisville that will give all persons interested in, invested in, a fan of, or just a casual spectator of Thoroughbred racing a private membership club where you can enjoy all aspects of the industry in luxury, and in a social setting that you, your friends and guests feel welcome and “at home.”

Our mission is to provide an upscale location — with all the bells and whistles — where our members and their family and friends will love to entertain for special events and occasions. A place to host special family events.

Our mission is to provide private meeting rooms — with all the audio/video equipment necessary — for our members and their guests and enable them to congregate and effectively hold official business affairs.

Our mission is to provide quality food and first class beverages that will give you access to a first class dining and drink experience before and/or after other downtown events hosted at the Yum Center, the Convention Center, Slugger Field, or other venues.

Our mission is to provide a top rate “Cigar Experience” that cannot be found or matched anywhere in the region — equipped with one of the region’s biggest and best humidors; most expansive selection of premium products; and expertise on how best to enjoy the moment.

Our mission is to provide a roof top leisure area that will give our members and guests a spectacular view and venue where they can enjoy all the sights and sounds of one of the most exciting urban developments in the country.

Our mission is to give you the perfect downtown club.

If you want to be a part of that, drop us a note. Email us. Call us. Text us. And, let us help you become a member of one of the most exciting new developments to come along in downtown Louisville.

Here’s a peak look at our progress:

(All photos by Gene McLean)

 

Once he got to the horses on the lead I just tried to keep him busy down the lane and he kicked pretty good. I didn’t ride him last time but he way he ran today he was definitely impressive. [The distance] didn’t seem to bother him at all. I think the farther he goes the better he gets.”

John Velazquez, Rider of Florida Derby winner Audible
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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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