Finn\’s Set For Lofts Project On Goss
The city issued a building permit Thursday for a planned Finn\’s Restaurant in the Germantown Mills Lofts under development on Goss Avenue in the Germantown neighborhood.
The restaurant is planned as a renovation project in a former daycare center at the site, where a large antique mall was located.
The permit said the renovation is estimated to cost about $280,000. The work is to include extensive interior demolition.
The permit says it is \”for interior work only at this time, until zoning (to consume liquor outside) & MSD\’s approvals are obtained.\” It says that the restaurant is intended to seat 132 people. In addition, the plans show an exterior patio dining area.
Work started nearly a year ago on the large-scale conversion of the former Goss Avenue Antique Mall into Germantown Mill Lofts. It will feature 184 market-rate apartments.
The project is a joint venture of Underhill Associates and brothers John and Steve Booker.
The units, which will rent for $700 to $1,200 a month, should be ready for occupancy fairly soon.
The project is viewed by neighborhood residents as having the potential to generate significant positive spinoff development and investment in the Germantown and Schnitzelburg areas.
The complex is the old Louisville Cotton Mill/Booker Price Building and long housed the large antique mall. The main old structure on the site dates to the 1888 as was originally a cotton mill that made cotton wrap used in the manufacture of jeans. The mill was the oldest and biggest of four textile mills built in that part of town and at one point had about 800 workers.
The site was used for a variety of purposes over the years, including an upholstery factory, a mattress factory and for several recent decades as the large antique mall. Many of the antique dealers are moving to other locations, including Mellwood Avenue.
The Booker family bought the property in the late 1960s. It contains more than 250,000 square feet spread on seven-plus acres.
Reporter Sheldon S. Shafer can be reached at (502) 582-7089, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.