West Louisville Food Port Masterplan by OMA

A New West Louisville Food Port Masterplan in Kentucky, USA by OMA

Firm OMA has developed a Masterplan for a mixed-use project that will supply facilities for the growing, selling and distribution of food for local farmers in Louisville.

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West Louisville Food Port will serve and provide for all stages of the food chain, from farming, to processing, shared community kitchen spaces, retail, and recycling.

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Working in collaboration with the non-profit Seed Capital Kentucky for the City of Louisville, the Food Port will take significant steps towards rejuvenating a 24-acre vacant site into an active economic and community hub.

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“The diversity of program reflects the full food chain, as well as a new foodscape of public spaces and plazas where producers and consumers meet,” said OMA’s partner-in-charge Shohei Shigematsu, who is also leading the Alimentary Design research studio at Harvard University. “The Food Port acts as a catalyst to activate the surrounding neighborhoods, exemplifying one of the complex urban relationships between architecture and food that our studio is investigating.”

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Located on a former tobacco plant at 30th St. between Market St. and Muhammad Ali Blvd., the project proposes a new model for the relationship between consumer and producer.

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The design integrates several key programs that serve and provide for all stages of the food chain, including a kitchen incubator, urban farm, recycling facility and programs that will engage directly with the public such as classrooms, demonstration farm, and local retail.

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Outdoor spaces include a market plaza, food truck plaza, and an edible garden. The building is organized to allow for systematic expansion in the future.

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The West Louisville Food Port is projected to be a 50 million dollar investment, and create nearly 200 new jobs. Groundbreaking is expected for late summer of 2015, with businesses opening in phases.

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