PARISTOWN GREEN | A MULTI-GENERATIONAL COMMUNITY
Underhill Associates has assembled a remarkable team for the Paristown Green project. This team is poised to address and fulfill the goals of the greater neighborhood and community that began with Vision Louisville and continue today with the ongoing Comprehensive Plan 2040. These community goals have been distilled into five CHASE principles: Connectivity, Health, Authenticity, Sustainability, and Economy. With this directive in mind, our team quickly gravitated to examining how to save the buildings and shift to a more well-rounded community use. We seek to build for a variety of housing types, and prices, and specifically meet the needs of both seniors and young adults while respecting the existing neighborhood and its Traditional Neighborhood Form District status. As shown in the following pages, Paristown Green surpasses these goals and shares the city’s vision for a connected, creative, competitive, and compassionate Louisville.
Paristown Green will become the heart of the neighborhoods that surround this development. New green spaces are designed to be welcoming to all Louisvillians, and act as public gathering areas. Our local grocery, community garden, restaurant and farmer’s market will provide healthy local foods to nearby residents and new Paristown Green tenants. Our daycare will provide a valuable service to working parents, and our gym will help improve access to health. Our housing is multi-generational at the very core, catering to Bellarmine students, seniors, and residents in need of affordable quality housing.
Compatibility with the surrounding urban fabric is one of the main driving forces in our vision for this site through the preservation and adaptive-reuse of existing buildings. These buildings help define what is special about Louisville – our history, heritage and legacy. New buildings are thoughtfully designed to preserve views of the historic hospital building, while providing a new architectural contrast.
Though our plan fully considers automobiles and addresses needed parking, we have taken great pains to design the Paristown Green project around connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists. Our proposed connectivity emphasizes community interaction and movement through the site and into the surrounding neighborhoods through well-designed thresholds.
WE SEE AN OPPORTUNITY.
Our team reached consensus that the buildings were historic, and they should be preserved. The historic buildings’ large scale yields density while at the same time allowing for generous parking and greenspace. As a result, our plan provides for large areas of park-like greenspace including recreational areas that welcome neighbors with public amenities like the bikeshare, innovative bus shelter, connectivity infrastructure, and public art. We expect to heighten the impact of the public art and innovative bus shelter components by seeking neighborhood input on both the design selection, as well as the selection of local design/build teams to implement these amenities.