Agencies become neighbors in downtown Louisville

February 12, 2012 by  

Federal government agencies have moved from cramped offices into two new locations next door to each other in downtown Louisville. Having these federal departments in close proximity to each other will make delivery of print materials by Louisville print companies more expedient.

New buildings constructed at a cost of $12.75 million at Broadway and Seventh on the site of the former Broad Chevrolet dealership are ready for occupancy. They will house the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky at 717 West Broadway and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office and a branch of Homeland Security Enforcement and Removal at 654 South Seventh.

The former is a six-story building with 80,000 square feet and 109 spaces for parking on the first two floors. It was completed in December with an $8.6 million price tag. The top three floors are occupied by the Attorney’s staff of 80 people, 30 of whom are lawyers. The previous location occupied the top of the old Bank of Louisville Building located steps from the courthouse.

The latter has two floors, constructed at a cost of $4.15 million. It features a level green space and adjacent 57-stall parking lot. Both new buildings, in keeping with the features of the courthouse, have limestone exteriors. Homeland Security offices will move out of the courthouse building and into the new facility.

The two new edifices were constructed by owners JDL Castle Corp. with headquarters in Winston-Salem. N.C. Architects were RBA Group Architecture and Interiors of Charlotte and the general contractor for both buildings was the bristol Group of Lexington.

Space in the buildings is being leased to the federal government’s General Services Administration.
Attorney for the District of Western Kentucky, David J. Hale, said:

“We’re grateful for the new, more secure and more functional space.”

John Korkin, the supervisory deportation officer for Louisville’s Homeland Security agency, was not available for comment.

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