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 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.
Budget Committee Chair Marianne Butler says she has questions about the agreement, and until she hears more information, she’s not sure whether she’ll support allocating city funds for the deal.
They were protesting an agreement between Metro Government and developer Todd Blue which will allow Blue to destroy the buildings in three months to make room for a new development. Blue can also use the site as a parking lot for five years prior to building
They’re protesting an agreement between Metro Government and developer Todd Blue which will allow Blue to destroy the buildings in three months to make room for a new development.
The city has agreed to try to save the facades or recreate their appearance, but preservationists say that isn’t enough.
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.
The city has given a $100 thousand low-interest loan and $20 thousand forgivable loan to a southern food and seafood establishment at Second and Main streets.
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.
Blue was seeking to destroy the buildings at First and Main to make room for a hotel and restaurant development called the Iron Quarter. Metro Government officials wanted to preserve at least part of the buildings.
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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