The Main Street Association sent a letter to the AKN/C-J, Greg Fischer, Todd Blue and Metro Councilcritters to reaffirm its 2010 position regarding the Iron Quarter buildings.
Couldn’t find the letter anywhere on the paper’s website, so let’s just dig in:
In light of the recent announcement concerning the agreement reached between Mayor Greg Fischer and Todd Blue as to the future for the Iron Quarter Buildings located between 105 and 119 West Main Street, the Main Street Association (“MSA”) feels compelled to reaffirm its position on the importance of saving the facades of the buildings. On May 11, 2010, the MSA approved a motion stating that, at a minimum, the facades of the buildings located along the 100 block of West Main Street be preserved with continuing development to follow. The motion was made in an effort to abide by our mission statement which is to promote and advocate for the uniqueness of the neighborhood and the diverse historic, commercial, architectural, cultural, residential and educational assets of Main Street.
In order for the City to continue to grow and become an ever more vibrant community, its leaders, developers and citizens must work together to protect our treasured architectural and historic assets while, at the same time, supporting opportunities to redevelop properties in a financially responsible manner.
The Iron Quarter presents a real and significant opportunity to move this community forward and to take advantage of the extraordinary business development currently occurring near the KFC YUM! Center. Ensuring that the Iron Quarter is not turned into a parking lot should go without saying. Louisville’s downtown maintains some of the most beautiful architecture in the United States, but year after year we see this architecture being turned into surface parking lots so as to avoid the hard work and effort that goes into bringing landmark properties back to life.
Developing a downtown is not like developing a suburban area – people want density and continuity in a downtown; turning the Iron Quarter into a surface parking lot stands in direct contrast to this notion.
Unfortunately, the citizens in this community find themselves again scratching their heads at the decision made by its leadership.
We implore Todd Blue and Mayor Fischer to reconsider their agreement and try everything in their power to think for the community – either preserve these beautiful buildings, or at the very least the facades, or sell the buildings to someone who is interested in doing so for Louisville and its future!
Click here (Warning: PDF File) to read the letter in its entirety.
And then ask yourself what the heck kind of jacked up situation this city has gotten itself into the past few years.
These secretive, non-transparent backroom deals are everything Greg Fischer campaigned against. They’re everything that’s wrong with this city. It’s a real shame we can’t move forward when we need to. A real shame the self-professed change agents are just as misguided and ridiculous as the folks we wanted to get rid of.
What was that, again, about me being wrong about Greg the past few years? Yeah, about that…