A long time ago (the 1980s, which no one can remember, thankfully) Masonic Homes sold some land in the Crescent Hill area for development of what became the Mockingbird Gardens subdivision. It’s what you now know as that, well, oasis of homes for the wealthy just off Brownsboro Road. Along with fancy landscaping, horse fences and all kinds of stuff to hide the middle class and lower income apartments at the rear of the development. It houses the people who fought the Brownsboro Road Diet and blind neighborhood sidewalk project. Because they want to speed through the area that houses people who can’t afford Range Rovers.
At the time, middle class (translation: everyone but the Rick Pitino kinda folks) residents of Crescent Hill in the Reservoir Park neighborhood were opposed to having construction equipment and garbage trucks use their streets (Fenley Avenue – for instance) as alleyways. So they complained to their alderwoman, Melissa Mershon, and stopped it from happening.
MOCKINGBIRD GARDENS – “THE ESTATES”
Years later, the rich folks were restless and decided to get greedy, taking matters into their own hands. Gates were installed at the rear of some properties in order to illegally access Fenley. Violations were repeatedly reported but the city refused to enforce code. Surprising, we know. Louisville ignoring something that wealthy campaign donors are doing.
Some time after that (specific timing doesn’t matter because this is Louisville and we all know what’s going to happen in the end), CSX decided to close one of three street accesses to Reservoir Park, leaving residents with only one emergency access point (through the aquatic center parking lot) to get out in the event of a train catastrophe. Naturally, residents demanded the city provide another way out. Instead of using existing city easements from unmade roads and alleys, a new (surprise!) plan was devised. A wealthy guy with an illegal access drive to Fenley Avenue would allow Reservoir Park folks to cross through his property during emergencies. With a catch. Deed restrictions would have to be lifted. Because of course they would.
That wealthy guy has contributed to a number of political campaigns, as you can imagine, so the decision makers believe he’s now owed a favor.
Today at 1:00 P.M. a public meeting will be held to begin the rubber stamp process. All under the auspices of helping those poor Reservoir Park residents out.