South Clarksville Redevelopment Plan
Located directly across the Ohio River from Downtown Louisville, the Town of Clarksville once had a thriving industrial waterfront, which provided jobs for many of its residents. But with the losses of Colgate, which left a distinctive building in need of investment behind, and Marathon Oil, which left a site in need of remediation, a plan was needed to reimagine the future of the town’s waterfront sites.
Partnering with MKSK, a design firm, Development Strategies identified a significant opportunity for housing and destination retail/leisure uses that could be oriented around a new, open air town center, linked to a revitalized waterfront. An economic strategy was also crafted that involved the creation of place and amenities to attract employment in town, and a rebranding framework was created that centered on the establishment of an improved waterfront and quality new development, all visible from Downtown Louisville. Finally, a development plan and funding strategy were provided, to identify revenue streams that could be used for cleanup, infrastructure, and subsidy of targeted development.
Approved with strong public support, pieces of the plan are now moving forward, including several development proposals and a waterfront master plan.