Category Archives: development

Whiskey Row could become parking lot

The settlement between the city of Louisville and developer Todd Blue allows the local businessman to use Whiskey Row as a surface parking lot for up to five years before any new development takes place, according to legal documents obtained by LEO Weekly. Last week, Mayor Greg Fischer announced the city and Blue had reached […]

Fischer green lights razing of Iron Quarter

The city of Louisville and developer Todd Blue have reached an agreement that allows the local businessman to demolsih the row of historic cast-iron buildings along Main Street within 90 days. In a consensus reached Monday, Blue has agreed to drop his federal lawsuit against Metro government while the city has said it will help […]

HUD optimistic about Musuem Plaza loan

The movement to restart the Museum Plaza project took another step today with Congressman John Yarmuth and Gov. Steve Beshear announcing that significant progress has been made regarding the state’s application for a $100 million federal loan from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In a letter addressed to Yarmuth from HUD Assistant […]

Iron (Quarter) Man

In this week’s edition of LEO, we focus on the ongoing fight over the potential demolition of the historic Iron Quarter. The revelation that developer Todd Blue asked the city for permission to destroy the cast-iron buildings has ignited a fierce fight over the 19th Century structures. Besides becoming downtown eyesores, it also appears that […]

‘Save the Iron Quarter’ group starts on Facebook

The revelation that developer Todd Blue asked for permission to demolish the cluster of cast-iron buildings along Main Street known as the Iron Quarter has quickly ignited concern from area preservationists, who have started a Facebook group dedicated to salvaging the historic structures. From Save the Iron Quarter: We have reached a critical point where […]

Lunchbox: Don’t Tase me bro

Tased and confused: If you missed it, news channel WLKY did an investigative report on the use of Tasers by the Louisville Metro Police Department. The story revealed that officers have averaged one Taser incident every 48 hours. Besides the excessive use and small infractions, their study of the police data also showed African-Americans are […]

Tolls? We Don’ Need No Stinkin’ Tolls.

That great bastion of populism, Facebook (You were expecting Congress maybe?), now has a group opposing the tolling of any future bridges spanning the Ohio River. While I think it might have something to do with a joint venture between Indiana and Kentucky to waste $4.1 billion on a set of bridges most Louisvillians don’t […]

Irish Hill Revitalization Project Selected

How does a post-industrial community remake itself? Well, it doesn’t hurt to get a bunch of smart people together and force them to compete for the honor. Courtesy of BrokenSidewalk.com: The Irish Hill Neighborhood Association announced the winners of a design competition intended to generate ideas for an abandoned brownfield sitein the heart of the neighborhood.  After a close review […]

Swift (Non)Expansion Update

Chandler Keys, a spokesperson for JBS USA/Swift, has contacted LEO to deflate rumors that his company has plans to augment slaughtering facilities in the Butchertown neighborhood. “We have no plans for expanding our Louisville plant,” he said in a phone interview, adding that the planned Marshalltown, IA, distribution center isn’t reflective of a broader effort […]

JBS/Swift Rumored to Expand (Again?)

JBS/Swift & Company may be augmenting its swine slaughtering empire in Louisville, so suggests an article in the Central Iowa Times-Republican. Regarding its multi-million dollar expansion in Marshalltown, IA: According to General Manager Troy Mulgrew, the refrigeration warehouse would range up to 150,000 square feet and enlist several employment positions, although he would not speculate on […]