Public Works Begins Replacement of City Hall Fire Escape

The Louisville Metro Public Works Department is giving a highly-visible feature of City Hall a makeover Thursday with a new exterior stair tower that will replace the old fire escape. Costing about $400,000, the steel construction is expected to be completed by early next year. But city officials promise the project upgrades will maintain the […]

New Owners Take Over Whiskey Row

A group of local investors who are planning a multi-million dollar renovation of the historic Whiskey Row buildings in downtown Louisville have officially taken ownership of the properties. Led by developers Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown, the group purchased four of the buildings for $4.8 million from businessman Todd Blue, who had previously sought […]

Officials Hope Downtown Coin Boxes Deter Panhandling

A new program in downtown Louisville allows people to put their spare change in several coin boxes rather than give the money to panhandlers. The program is called “Positive Change” and the money collected in the blue containers will help fund area homeless groups. But city officials and downtown boosters hope it will also discourage […]

Whiskey Row Ordinance Deemed Emergency

Members of the Louisville Metro Council have introduced an emergency ordinance to spend $1.5 million to salvage the historic Whiskey Row buildings and are considering suspending council rules to allow a vote Thursday. The sponsors of the bill say Mayor Greg Fischer has promised a memorandum of understanding to explain the deal before voting, but […]

DDC Releases ‘State of Downtown’ Report

Comparing Louisville to its competitor cities, the Downtown Development Corporation unveiled the first ever “State of Downtown” report to measure the city’ s benchmarks in a number of key areas. Defined by the 40202 zip code, researchers showed that Louisville had 12 percent increase among downtown workers over the past decade, the largest among peer […]

Preservationists Allowed to Join Whiskey Row Case

A group of preservationists and a local property owner have been added to a federal lawsuit between Louisville Metro Government and businessman Todd Blue concerning the Whiskey Row buildings along Main Street. U.S. District Court Judge John Heyburn signed an order Friday that allows DKH Properties, a neighboring business, and four non-profit organizations to intervene […]