Still wondering where Greg Fischer got his not-so-swell advice regarding the Bauer/Azalea/Rite Aid landmark situation? Bill Bardenwerper, that’s where. He’s not only Greg’s top zoning guy but he represented the Bauers throughout the landmark process.
Surprised? Of course not.
And you won’t be surprised about the rest.
We hear that Fischer wasn’t advised that the Bauer Family allowed the site to be listed as an important historic site – for several years – by the Kentucky Historical Society. An obvious financial benefit for a restaurant operating there, as it adds to the atmosphere and such. There’s even a Kentucky Historic marker in front of the building noting its importance. Which is surprising, since the Bauer Family later tried to act like the property wasn’t historically significant. (Though, they did eventually try to work with the surrounding community after all kinds of nastiness)
Fischer also apparently wasn’t informed that just before the public landmark hearing, the Bauer Family hired a demolition company to tear down one of the structures on the property without notice. Even though a landmark petition had been filed that applied to the entire site.
Now you know why the landmark commission was less than pleased and why Fischer continues to say outlandish things.