Marketing a cavern as a business location for safety reasons? Interesting.
Now, owners Jim Lowry and Don and Tom Tyler say they have the investment and infrastructure in place to market Louisville Underground in earnest. And they're banking on businesses' increasing security concerns to help it succeed.
"We have talked with several agencies about use of the space. In the post 9-11 world, those agencies are looking for ultimate security," Tom Tyler said.
With limestone and earth between the cavern ceiling and the ground above, the cavern could withstand the most violent tornado or an airliner crash, Lowry said. During the Cuban missile crisis in the early 1960s, state officials made plans in case of nuclear attack to house 50,000 people in the cavern because it's a natural bomb shelter.
With four entrances, all close together, access can be easily controlled, Lowry said, adding that the cavern's naturally controlled climate can save tenants up to 90 percent in energy costs.
"This is the safest place in Kentucky," he said.
Now that I think about it, I am surpirsed there hasn't been more said about underground building since 9-11-01. Next someone will want to sell businesses on all the old coal mines in Eastern Kentucky. Maybe Appalachia will be the next hot spot for startups because of the numerous security features… or maybe not.
(I've been there. I use to date a girl from Pikeville, KY, and they have one road that is four lanes wide (two on each side) in the entire county. They actually call it the 4-lane. Directions often consist of "go down to the 4-lane, take a right…")