Developers hope to renovate historic Louisville church into boutique hotel

The property the church sits on would first need a zoning change.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A historic space in Louisville may be turned into a hotel.

Developers proposed on Wednesday a plan to turn the vacant Highland United Methodist Church in Cherokee Triangle into a 26-room boutique hotel.

Neighbors were invited to give their input on the project at a public meeting.

Some had concerns, but overall, they were supportive of the idea, saying they want to see the property preserved and a hotel could be just the way to do it.

“It’s a very difficult project, you have a sanctuary and adjoining buildings,” neighbor Nick Morris said. “So there’s really kind of a limited number of uses that could be, that could be developed there.”

Lawyer John Talbot was surprised by the response.

“Usually, the only people that come out to these neighborhood meetings are people who are opposed to the project,” he said. “And you’ll see the whole meeting, we had lots of people applauding for the project.”

The property the church sits on would first need a zoning change.

To get historical tax incentives, the building would need to keep what made it historic, so the old sanctuary couldn’t be significantly changed.

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