The controversial Iron Quarter project has been updated. Developer Todd Blue detailed his new plans for the land and buildings at First and Main Street in the Courier-Journal.

Blue’s attorneys recently told WFPL that Blue had always planned to preserve the facades of the original buildings (mock-up here), and the updated project highlights that intent. But saving the facades will not necessarily please preservationists.

From the C-J.

“Many preservationists believe that saving just the facades is not really preservation,” said Bob Griffith, president of Preservation Louisville Inc.

Blue said keeping the buildings intact isn’t feasible — he estimates it would cost at least $5million to preserve them, and he challenged any preservationists who want to save the buildings to buy them from him.

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