Louisville Metro Councilman Glen Stuckel

Whiskey Row Ordinance Deemed Emergency

by admin on May 10, 2011

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 some city lawmakers worry the council is rushing to pass a bill before seeing any details of the development agreement first.

Minutes before Fischer announced a plan to save the 19th Century buildings, the mayor’s office sought bipartisan support for the legislation, but balked when asked to show specifics of the contract.

Councilman Glen Stuckel, R-17, says the Fischer administration would not share any contents of the deal made between Metro Government, businessman Todd Blue and a group of local investors, who have agreed to purchase four of the seven buildings for $4.8 million.

“The details are pretty important,” says Stuckel. “The word I got from the mayor’s office was that I would probably be able to see the ordinance on Thursday morning. They’d have it ready by then. And I asked if it would contain the details and they said, ‘well, pretty much the details are what’s printed in the paper’ and I said I’d like to read it first.” [click to continue…]

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