Hearing on Attempt to Delay Whiskey Row Destruction is This Week

by Gabe Bullard on May 9, 2011

A federal judge will hear arguments this week over whether to further delay the demolition of the Whiskey Row buildings in downtown Louisville.

Through an agreement between Mayor Greg Fischer and developer Todd Blue, the strip of buildings could’ve been destroyed as early as today. Preservationists fought the deal and last week they filed for a 60-day extension. A judge postponed the demolition until this Wednesday, when there will be a hearing on the extension.

But preservation attorney Steve Porter says the extension isn’t that important anymore. When the judge scheduled this week’s hearing, he also said Porter will be given advance notice of any demolition orders and he’ll have the chance to appeal the orders locally, not through federal court.

“He wasn’t going to hear an appeal of the demolition orders. He absolutely says that’s not in his jurisdiction,” says Porter.

Further, the judge granted preservationists access to a report on how dilapidated the buildings are.

“The 60 days became not very important once we got our advance notice and once we got a copy of that report and everything else,” says Porter.

A spokesperson for the mayor says the city has no problem with the advance notice order. Further, the city is working with interested buyers who may attempt to buy the buildings from Blue and keep them standing.

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