Downtown preservation district proposed

According to the Courier-Journal, The Neighborhood Planning and Preservation advocacy group wants to establish a downtown preservation district, with boundaries of Ninth Street, Breckinridge Street, Interstate 65 and the Ohio River, that would offer greater protection to historic buildings. The preservation district would be similar to districts in such neighborhoods as the Cherokee Triangle, Old Louisville, Butchertown and Clifton.

The Louisville Metro Landmarks and Historic Preservation Districts Commission oversee districts. Architectural review committees for each district review most proposed changes to buildings that are considered contributing elements to the districts. Under general preservation district guidelines, demolitions are allowed only under rare circumstances, when building owners can demonstrate that severe economic hardship would result from not razing a building.

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