Whiskey Row Update from Preservation Louisville

SEVEN WHISKEY ROW BUILDINGS ARE NOT SAVED YET…

 …but they have been given a short reprieve. Judge John Heyburn has allowed the owners of 121 West Main Street, immediately adjacent to developer Todd Blue’s holdings, and four preservation organizations, including Preservation Louisville, to intervene in the federal lawsuit related to the shocking early-February agreement entered into by Blue and Metro Government, allowing demolition to begin as early as today. The preservationists filed a motion seeking a 60-day extension of the deadline for issuance of a demolition order to allow the Louisville Downtown Development Corporation and Metro Government to continue to pursue purchase of some or all of the threatened buildings by outside parties who would rehabilitate them. We expect that the deadline for the demolition order will only be extended to May 19, so the buildings remain at risk!

 ON ANOTHER FRONT…

…Metro Government is pursuing a thorough audit of all development review operations. The effort follows a highly critical Mayor Fischer transition team report authored by developer attorney, Bill Bardenwerper concerning all development and transportation review performed by Metro Government departments. The new Audit Committee’s goal is presumed to be fast-tracking all development, regardless of its impact on historic structures, existing neighborhoods, local farms and rural areas.

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