30-story building will have 612 rooms, 225 apartments
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 29, 2016) — Ground was broken today on Omni Louisville, a 30-story $289 million public/private project that will include 612 rooms and 225 luxury apartments when it opens in early 2018.
The project will create 765 construction jobs—20 percent minority and five percent woman-owned business participation—and 320 permanent jobs.
“Louisville is a premier destination and we are incredibly excited to be a part of the city’s continued evolution we look forward to building upon the great successes that Louisville has already achieved,” said Mike Deitemeyer, president of Omni Hotels & Resorts. “Louisville embodies everything we look for when selecting a new Omni location — it is a global city, home to a vibrant and growing business community, diverse neighborhoods, a healthy infrastructure and a dynamic city center. “
Considered the tallest hotel in Louisville and located at Liberty and 2nd Street, one block from the Kentucky International Convention Center, the hotel will be the cornerstone in the city’s most exclusive entertainment, retail and office district, “Fourth Street Live!”
Omni Louisville also features:
- Food and Beverage: The culinary experiences at Omni Louisville will include an all-day dining venue, lobby lounge, rooftop pool bar and grill, as well as an iconic Bob’s Steak & Chop House as the hotel’s fine-dining establishment serving traditional, American prime cut steaks.
- Meetings and Events: The hotel will offer approximately 70,000-s.f. of flexible meeting and event space. Meeting and convention attendees will have access to an additional 300,000-s.f. of meeting and exhibit space at the Kentucky International Convention Center.
- Lifestyle: Guests will have access to an urban rooftop pool deck, fitness center, a Mokara signature spa, lobby art gallery and a Speakeasy with a bowling alley.
- Grocer: A dynamic, modern urban lifestyle market will connect to the hotel’s lobby. Transforming Liberty Street into a pedestrian thoroughfare, the market will serve as a community gateway for hotel guests, residents and locals alike.
Omni is paying 52 percent of the development costs ($150 million) and the city and state providing 48 percent ($139 million), which includes a rebate of taxes generated by the project, $17 million for a parking garage to be constructed and owned by the Parking Authority of River City (PARC) and $17 million, the value of the land.
“Today was much more than just breaking ground on the Omni Louisville Hotel,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “Today’s groundbreaking is symbolic of the future transformation of our city and the prosperity yet to come. This hotel will not only help bolster our reputation as a leading meetings and leisure destination, but will serve as a cornerstone where our downtown community can connect. We look forward to a very prosperous relationship with Omni.”
The Omni Louisville Hotel will become a part of Omni’s robust, and growing, Convention Collection, which features signature properties in Atlanta, Dallas, Fort Worth, Nashville, Providence, San Diego and Washington D.C.