The Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program wants to highlight successful property redevelopment where environmental contamination was a hurdle for the project. No matter how large or small, such stories can serve as an inspiration to other communities dealing with problem properties. If you have a story to tell, like Doodles Breakfast and Lunch or the Russellville Fire Station, contact Amanda LeFevre at firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if the redevelopment did not take advantage of state services, we want to hear about it. Success stories can range from refurbishing an historical property, redeveloping a riverfront or turning a factory into a new business, like West Sixth Brewing in Lexington.
West Sixth used to be a Rainbo Bread Bakery. Prior to its redevelopment, other potential redevelopers had shied away from the property because of the unknown environmental factors. However, the partnership of Joe Kuosman, Ben Self, Robin Sither and Brady Barlow saw great potential in the building, known as the Bread Box, which now houses their highly successful craft brewery business. The Bread Box is close to downtown at a great location and was not an overly expensive building. The building already had a cooler in the back, floor drains and industrial utilities, all of which are perfect for West Sixth Brewing. It is also located close to Transylvania University, a community and technical college that is currently under construction and a hiking and biking trail. The brewery is also part of the renaissance of the Jefferson Street dining and entertainment corridor. West Sixth Brewing is a great example of where the benefits of redeveloping greatly outweigh the risks.
Stories that are pursued will be featured in the Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program’s catalog of case studies. Our case studies, like the one on West Sixth, are often picked up by national publications including Brownfield Renewal Magazine.