Opponents of a proposal to change Louisville’s landmarks ordinance are urging members of a Metro Council committee to reject the measure tomorrow. Introduced by Councilman David Yates, the proposal would require that a majority of the signatures needed to nominate a property for landmark status come from people who live within a one-mile radius of… Continue reading Metro Council Committee to Consider Landmarks Proposal
Louisville’s Metro Council will consider public comments received Tuesday from supporters and opponents who staked their positions during a committee hearing on proposed changes to the city’s landmarks ordinance. The proposal would give the council more control over what becomes a historic landmark and would require at least 51 percent of residents who sign a… Continue reading Large Turnout for Public Hearing on Louisville’s Landmarks Ordinance
It’s a style of house that symbolizes many of Louisville’s older neighborhoods…the shotgun. There are many variations, but shotgun houses typically have a long, rectangular floor plan: one room wide, three to five rooms in a row with doorways often on the same side of the house. One common belief is that the name shotgun… Continue reading Preserving Louisville’s Shotgun Houses
A small group of preservationists made a last stand today outside of the old Elmo’s Bar building on Main Street. The building is scheduled to be torn down and as WFPL’s Dalton Main reports, owner and developer Todd Blue officially has permission to demolish it as of Thursday. The 30-day waiting period mandated for the… Continue reading Preservation Group Makes Last Stand at The Old Elmo’s Bar Building
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… Continue reading Hearing on Attempt to Delay Whiskey Row Destruction is This Week
Preservationists have won a small victory in the fight to save the Whiskey Row buildings in downtown Louisville. Under an agreement between the buildings’ owner, Todd Blue, and Metro Government, the strip could’ve been razed as early as Monday. But that’s been blocked so a judge can hear arguments on Wednesday over whether to push… Continue reading Preservationists Cheer Delay of Whiskey Row Demolition
The federal court ruling trumps the local Landmarks Commission. Porter told WFPL earlier this week that he thinks Heyburn will heed their request. The city is also seeking buyers for the property who would keep five of the seven building standing.
Porter says he’d like to make sure the buildings, or at least their facades, are saved. Blue has said if anyone thinks they can preserve the buildings and develop the property, they can purchase the land from him. The city and the Downtown Development Corporation are seeking buyers who will save five of the seven buildings.
Blue would have final approval over any sale. He has repeatedly said that if anyone wants to save the structures, purchasing them from him is the best option.
Developer Todd Blue owns the strip, but has said he is willing to sell them to someone who wants to save either the facades or the entire buildings, as many preservationists have called for Blue to do.