Blue Says Money Is Key to Saving Whiskey Row Facades

Developer Todd Blue has just over two months before he can destroy the buildings to make way for a parking lot, then for the Iron Quarter development. The city has agreed to find the best way to preserve or recreate the facades, and Mayor Greg Fischer will ask the Metro Council to approve a $450,000 budget allocation to help Blue follow through on the plan.

Key Players in Whiskey Row/Iron Quarter Project to Appear on WFPL at 1:00

Developer Todd Blue was granted permission to destroy the buildings by Metro Government through a settlement in federal court. 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, but the settlement in court apparently trumps the Landmarks Commission.

The Future of the Iron Quarter

STATE OF AFFAIRS 02/28/11: A row of historic buildings downtown on Main Street has been at the center of a controversy that continues to swirl. Developer Todd Blue, who owns the buildings, says they’re unable to be saved. He wants to demolish the structures to make way for something new. Preservationists are crying foul; they say the developer isn’t doing (or spending) as much as he could to save the buildings. Meanwhile, the city has given the green light to demolition, while conducting an investigation into the feasibility of preserving the buildings, or at least their facades. Today we tackle the issue on State of Affairs. Call and tell us what you think should be done with the buildings of the Iron Quarter.  Listen to the Show

Preservation Louisville Encourages Followers To Attend City Budget Hearings

Preservation groups have criticized a deal between the mayor’s office and developer Todd Blue. Preservation Louisville director Marianne Zickuhr says she hopes Louisvillians will ask the mayor about the issue at the upcoming budget hearings.

Magazine Prize Money Going Toward Hogan’s Fountain Pavilion Preservation

The group, called “Save the Hogan’s Fountain Pavilion” is trying to raise $82,000 to repair the roof of the structure. The pavilion, commonly called the tepee, is not in the master plan for Metro Parks, though city officials are open to keeping it if it’s repaired.

Fischer Defends Iron Quarter Agreement

Earlier this week, Blue agreed to drop a lawsuit against the city in exchange for permission to destroy the buildings and help preserving or rebuilding the facades. Preservationists have criticized Fischer for not being transparent in his decision to make the deal, but Fischer dismisses those claims.

Preservation Groups Disappointed In Iron Quarter Agreement

Two groups of Louisville preservationists say they are not happy with Mayor Greg Fischer and developer Todd Blue’s settlement over the Iron Quarter project.

Blue has agreed to drop a lawsuit against the city in exchange for permission to raze a strip of buildings at First and Main streets. The city will also help him preserve or recreate the buildings’ facades for a new development.

Preservation Law

Who doesn’t love the look of historic areas like Cherokee Triangle and the Iron Quarter? They both bring out the personality of our city and bring in tourism. But how are these sites saved and preserved in the first place? In reality, it’s a continuing behind-the-scenes battleground between many differing stakeholders. Join us Tuesday as we discuss preservation law and what it means for Louisville.  Listen to the Show
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Landmarks Commission To Consider Whiskey Row Request

The buildings near and Main Streets were once home to distillers and other whiskey-related businesses, but have been decaying for decades. They were purchased by developer Todd Blue in 2006. Blue recently filed a request to demolish the row to make room for a new development, prompting several preservation groups to file to have the buildings declared landmarks.