Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has appointed a new director of Planning and Design Services, filling a long-vacant position in a department in need of a turnaround. The last director resigned under former Mayor Jerry Abramson, who left the position open. The department was among the first to be looked at in Fischer’s review of city… Continue reading Fischer Appoints Planning and Design Services Director
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.
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.
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