5 developments under construction in Derby City

If you build it, they will come.

White Publix-branded semi-truck driving past a blue Kentucky road sign.

Publix will open its first Kentucky location in Louisville.

Photo by Publix

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Louisville construction is booming. Within the last three years, over 30 major new developments have been proposed in the city + over 15 more are currently underway — now there’s a reason to raise the roof.

Here’s a closer look at five of those projects:

Bob Dylan’s Heaven’s Door whiskey experience, $3 million+

The famous musician’s brand experience, dubbed The Last Refuge, is slated to open later this summer inside a 150-year-old NuLu church and neighboring art gallery.


  • Retail store with Heaven’s Door products, Dylan’s albums and books + local goods
  • Music venue
  • Bar and restaurant
  • 4,000-sqft courtyard

Publix, $4.6 million+

While the popular grocery chain has announced three locations in Louisville, it’s only broken ground on one, a 55,701-sqft store at 2500 Terra Crossing Blvd. in the East End. Its expected to open before the end of 2023.


  • Drive-thru pharmacy
  • Publix Liquors — the first one outside of Florida
  • Cult-followed subs known as “Pub subs”

A Summer House will also be built with a stream flowing under it. | Rendering from Waterfront Botanical Gardens

Japanese Garden, $22 million

Part of Phase 1 of the Waterfront Botanical Gardens’ Master Plan, the forthcoming two-acre expansion was designed by world-renowned Japanese landscaper Shior Nakane.


  • Tea house for traditional tea ceremonies
  • Cherry tree promenade
  • Bonsai garden + bamboo grove
  • A 19-ft waterfall
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Rendering provided by Norton Healthcare

Norton Healthcare Goodwill Opportunity Campus, $100 million

This dual project will bring the first hospital west of 9th Street in over 100 years + a 120,000-sqft facility to house Goodwill’s headquarters and social-service agencies, like Volunteers of America. Opening dates are still being determined.


  • Adult and pediatric primary care physician offices
  • Emergency room services
  • Drop-in daycare center

Louisville VA Medical Center, $840 million

This hospital project — over a decade in the making — will replace the existing Zorn Avenue VA Medical Center at a new location off of Brownsboro Road along the Watterson Expressway. Construction is on track to be complete in 2026.


  • Full-service hospital with 104 beds
  • Parking garages
  • Central utility plant
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