Three parties involved in the dispute over a strip of buildings at First and Main streets will discuss the issue on State of Affairs Monday.
The buildings’ owner, Todd Blue, has less than three months before he can demolish the strip, which he owns. Blue plans to build a new development called the Iron Quarter on the site. However, he can also use the land as a parking lot for up to five years while the development is planned.
Blue was granted permission to destroy the buildings by Metro Government. The city has also agreed to try to allocate $450,000 from the next city budget to help Blue preserve or recreate the facades. The buildings have been declared local landmarks, though the city’s agreement with Blue was made in federal court and apparently trumps the Landmarks Commission.
Preservationists want the facades or the entire buildings preserved, and that may be the opinion of the Metro Council, which has to approve the allocation to Blue. Blue says if preservationists want to save the buildings, they’re welcome to buy the strip from him.
Blue, Attorney Steve Porter and Tommy Clark from Metro Government will all appear on State of Affairs Monday at 1:00. You can post your questions below, or call in during the show to (502) 814-8255. You can also tweet commetns to @wfplnews and @soatalk.