LOUISVILLE, KY—Omni Hotels & Resorts will build a 600-room convention hotel here under a $261-million downtown development plan announced today by Mayor Greg Fischer and Governor Steve Beshear.
The hotel will be located on the old Water Company Block at Third and Liberty streets that will be adjacent to 200 apartments constructed by The Cordish Companies. The project will also include an upscale grocery and retail space for other shops.
The development will be among the largest projects under construction in the region and will be a catalyst for the continued revitalization of downtown Louisville, Fischer stated. “This project is a major infusion in our downtown and to the city’s entire economy,” he added. “It will create jobs, both temporary construction positions and permanent jobs, and it will boost our convention and tourism industry as Omni provides a new level of luxury hotel.”
Construction is anticipated to begin in 2015 and the project will open no later than 2017. The project is a joint deal between Omni, Cordish, Metro Government and the State of Kentucky, which is providing support in the form of a rebate of taxes that will be generated by the project.
Omni Louisville Hotel will be the first luxury hotel in the area, and will feature 600 guestrooms and suites, 70,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a spa, fitness center, two full-service restaurants, rooftop pool-side café, street level retail venue and a lobby lounge. The hotel is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification.