The Kentucky Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects has recognized MKSK’s creative solution to the South Fourth Street Corridor project with a Merit Award in the Planning and Analysis category. MKSK accepted the award on Saturday, June 29th at the 2013 KY-ASLA Annual Meeting at Carnegie Center, Gratz Park, in Lexington, Kentucky.
ABOUT THE PROJECT:
Fourth Street is a critical north-south connector between Downtown Louisville and the University of Louisville and Churchill Downs. To the north, there are connectivity issues between the 4th Street Live!, the Convention Center and the Riverfront, and to the south, significant opportunities exist for infill development along the corridor from Old Louisville to the University.
Designed by MKSK, the new streetscape master plan lays out a framework for future work along the corridor where gaps in activity and the urban fabric exist. MKSK is working with the Downtown Development Corporation (DDC) to create a dynamic, sustainable streetscape to act as a connective tissue along the corridor and an emerging mix of street level and infill development uses including buildings rehabbed into condominiums, restaurants, retail storefronts, and historic theatres and hotels. The redevelopment of adjacent private and public parcels creates an ideal environment for an urban retail corridor. The design also supports on-street parking, ample sidewalks for pedestrian and storefront use, and a green tree canopy to create a more inviting and active street.
With these improvements, the important anchors, such as Brown Hotel, the Palace Theatre, and the Darby Creek will be better connected to downtown and 4th Street Live!. The improvements will also help attract people across Broadway from SoBro and Old Louisville to further bolster the positive momentum on Fourth Street and throughout downtown Louisville.
MKSK worked with the Louisville office of QK4 for the first phase of improvements to South Fourth Street, completed earlier this year.