714 S. Clay Street
The closing of the Presbyterian Community Center 2 years ago left the Smoketown neighborhood with no community space and no neighborhood-based youth programming. We are eager to help fill these needs and recently began leasing a former liquor store at 714 S. Clay Street from Louisville Metro Housing Authority. Neighborhood residents, volunteers, businesses and the broader Louisville community to came together over the course of several years to transform this abandoned building on a high crime city block into a neighborhood arts center.
Many people have helped us transform this space! A few examples include: Howell & Howell construction donated supplies and volunteers to lead a team of YouthBuild Louisville graduates in reframing the roof. Metro United Way connected us with a team of volunteers from the United Auto Workers who donated supplies and time to install shingles, flashing and siding on the roof and demolished and replaced the water damaged bathroom wall. We launched a Power2Give campaign and raised over $10,000 to repair the building. We used that money to install a new HVAC system, a kitchenette, masonry work, and gutters. Cunningham Doors generously donated and installed an overhead door. Sherwin Williams and EMCO generously donated all of our paint needs.
We will have our GRAND OPENING in Fall 2018!