Mayor Fischer joined Councilwoman Marianne Butler to break ground on Bywater Development Group’s rehabilitation of the former Jacob School buildings in south Louisville. The comprehensive, historic redevelopment will create 58 affordable senior apartments.
The two historic school buildings will be completely rehabbed, producing high-quality, energy-efficient apartments as well as the creation of common areas, activity spaces, a library/computer lab and other program areas.
“The seniors living in these units will not only have a safe, affordable place to live but the community will also be glad to know that these historic buildings will be put back to productive use,” Fischer said. “I am proud to see that the former Jacob School, a landmark in in the neighborhood, will be making an impact in the neighborhood once more.”
“This day has been long awaited. I thank Bywater for their perseverance and the neighborhood for their faith that help was coming,” Councilwoman Marianne Butler, District 15, said. “It has been a long journey that is about to begin its second phase of bringing life back to this building and positive vibes for the neighborhood.”
“We are very excited to be starting the rehabilitation of Jacob School. Without the patience and support of Louisville Metro Government and their commitment to the revitalization of this former community anchor, we would not have been able to achieve this great outcome for the neighborhood and for the future senior residents of this great historic property,” Bywater Development Group President Aaron Burnett said. “We are proud to be a part of bringing this property back to its rightful position of prominence in the neighborhood.”
The sustainable development will feature enhanced accessibility measures including an elevator, step less building entry, ADA compliant routes of movement and fully accessible bathrooms so senior residents can live comfortably and conveniently. New energy efficient equipment, such as EnergyStar appliances and lighting fixtures, energy-efficient HVAC heat pumps, a cool reflective roof, water-saving faucets and showers, high R-Value foam roof insulation, and a unique high-performing storm water management plan will help enhance the affordability of the apartments by keeping utility costs low. The site will also maintain the existing tree canopy, include the planting of new shade trees and add community garden plots.
Funding for the project was made available by Louisville Metro, the Kentucky Housing Corporation, and state and federal historic tax credits.
The Charles D. Jacob Elementary School was built in 1912 and added onto in 1932. The school was an anchor for the neighborhood until its closing in 1991. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.