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Speed Museum To Close Next October For Three-Year Renovation

Louisville’s Speed Art Museum will be closed for about three years while the facility undergoes a $50 million renovation.

The work will begin in October of 2012.

Director Charles Venable says the decision to shut down the museum for that long was a difficult one but made in the interest of public safety.

“We’re going to be a pretty complicated place to even be able to get the public into. Our front door is going to be torn down, things like that. It will be very hard to actually welcome people in the building and have them be safe,” Venable told WFPL.

Venable says the Speed will continue its outreach and other community programs during the shutdown.

The renovation project will double the museum’s overall square footage and create new galleries, an education center and sculpture plaza.

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Three Businesses Consider Expansion

Three businesses with local branches have been offered tax incentives for expansion projects in Louisville.

The businesses considering expansion are DuPont, DAE Holdings and Captive Indoor Media. Together, the three expansions would create 77 new jobs in Louisville. Eileen Pickett with Greater Louisville Inc. says the skill sets for each business are varied.

“The best way to put it is it’s a mix of kinds of jobs. DAE is a metal fabrication and machine shop so there will be people with those kinds of skills as well as some supervisory skills potentially,” she says.

Pickett says DuPont would expand its capacity to create a new synthetic material and Captive, a digital sign software company, would add new office space.

If all three businesses choose to expand in Louisville, they would create $3.5 million in new payroll.