About Iron Quarter
Iron Quarter is a planned $50 million redevelopment of most of the 100 block of West Main Street that will feature extensive office space and the first significant new retail space in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Developer Todd Blue plans the Iron Quarter project as an adjunct to the downtown arena, building a glass and steel structure that will tower over the historic West Main Street area. He will develop the project behind the facades of some century-old buildings, and had hoped to complete the project by mid-2010, but the project is on hold, due to the economy. Blue paid $4.75 million for nine adjoining tracts with eight empty storefronts in the block to a group headed by architect and developer Jim Walters, Bravura Corporation. Walters announced plans to convert the same property into a mixed-use development called Whisky Row in 2000, but the project never materialized. Blue said the name Iron Quarter is intended to reflect Main Street’s tradition of storefronts featuring cast iron and also that the Blue family made its fortune in the metals and scrap industry. 'Quarter' is intended to reflect a district, similar to the French Quarter in New Orleans.