Future home of the ReSurfaced plaza. All photos by Melissa Chipman

Future home of the ReSurfaced plaza. All photos by Melissa Chipman

We first introduced you to City Collaborative in an article titled “City Collaborative, bringing community ideas to life… quickly” back in April.

And there’s no better example of this being the case than the new ReSurfaced project that we told you about back in July. This project, which turns the vacant space on Main Street once proposed for Museum Plaza into a pop-up plaza, art space and beer garden, was just in the idea phase last month. Next month it will be a reality.

And this is the pace at which City Collaborative works. In fact, since last month, the project has become even more ambitious, expanding from four weeks to six weeks starting Sept. 19. What initially seemed more night-clubby in scope has turned into an all-day-long, Thursday through Sunday affair. During the day, they hope to attract lunch diners with food trucks and field trippers with opportunities for gaming. At night there will be bands, DJs, movies and other performances.

photo 3The 16,000-square-foot space at 615-621 West Main St. is just one of many vacant lots and surface parking lots in downtown Louisville. This project is the first in a City Collaborative initiative to find “creative ways to pre-vitalize these vacant and underutilized spaces by creating low-cost investments that activate the space NOW rather than waiting for big, long-term developments to take shape.”

City Collaborative — a joint effort between Dave Durand of Forest Giant, Patrick Piuma of the Urban Design Studio, and community planner Pat Smith — is responsible for the Louisville Love App, the Startup Ambassador program and the Downtown Tree Survey. Also involved is the Louisville Downtown Partnership, the Mayor’s Office and the Louisville chapter of IxDA. Against the Grain is creating a special brew for the event.

Mayor Greg Fischer officially announced the project today at a news conference at the space with all the principal players in attendance. Volunteers will be needed to help transform the space and manage the event, Fischer said. People wanting to help can attend work sessions every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. starting Aug. 23 and running until the space opens Sept. 19.

The group has raised over $40,000 to activate the space. The principal sponsor is Blue Sky Network. Other partners include:

  • Axxis
  • Bullhorn
  • Core Design
  • Eiderdown & NachBar
  • Forest Giant
  • Fund for the Arts
  • Gazelle
  • Heine Brothers Coffee
  • Henry | McGalliard
  • Kentucky Center for the Arts
  • Kertis Creative
  • Kentucky Guild of Brewers (KGB), representing local craft brewers
  • Louisville Visual Art Association
  • Louisville Public Media
  • Mad*Pow
  • PART Studio
  • OpportunitySpace
  • Urban Design Studio