Ludlow mixed-use development to pay homage to region's past

At the Ludlow: Beyond the Curb event earlier this month, Hub + Weber Architects revealed its plans for a new mixed-use project along the railroad tracks in the city’s industrial east end. Ludlow Yards will feature residential, commercial and retail all in one spot to help create a more vibrant community.
The four-story development will be built on land across from Ludlow’s Municipal Building that is currently owned by the City of Ludlow. It will serve as a gateway to the city’s main business district, and will pay homage to the region’s railroad and industrial history.
Hub + Weber spent days looking at historic photos of Ludlow, including buildings in the former railroad yards, as well as photos of redeveloped warehouses like Longworth Hall.
Ludlow Yards will feature public plazas and street-level retail with residential units and offices on the upper floors. Hub + Weber also envisions a craft brewery, events center or history museum for the site.
A vacant lot across the street will be redeveloped to create 45 parking spaces for the development. There will be a train-viewing platform adjacent to the Norfolk Southern Line and a public area surrounding a city-owned fountain, as well as a tree grove with seating and a space that could be used for events.
The building’s plaza could feature an old railroad turntable that was used in the former railroad roundhouse that still stands in Ludlow.
An estimated cost isn’t currently available, and a timeline for the project hasn’t yet been announced. The City of Ludlow will work with the Catalytic Fund of Northern Kentucky to promote the project to potential developers.
If you’re interested in Ludlow Yards, please contact city administrator Elishia Chamberlain at 859-491-1233 or [email protected].
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Caitlin Koenig is a Cincinnati transplant and 2012 grad of the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. She's the department editor for Soapbox Media and currently lives in Northside with her husband, Andrew, and their three furry children. Follow Caitlin on Twitter at @caite_13.