Old Louisville Journal
A Monthly Summary of
News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation
Volume 26, Issue 2
Jean Crowe and
Fifth District Officer Tara Long enjoy themselves at the PIC
reception for Michael Heitz. See article below
Speaks at February
Director of Metro Louisville Department of Neighborhoods, will be
the guest of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council Property
Improvement Committee at its February 12, 2004, meeting.
Mershon will review the direction of the Neighborhoods Department
as related to Old Louisville specifically and to Metro Louisville
The meeting will be
held at 7PM in the Old Louisville Information Center.
Guide to Metro
Copies of The
Official Guide to Louisville Metro Government are available at the
Old Louisville Information Center.
The booklet is a handy reference to the structure and services of
local government. Among other things, it lists names, addresses,
phone, and e-mail addresses for government departments, agencies,
Follows Function ....
Architects Plan a Charrette for Oak Street
Local architects will hold
a series of meetings with neighborhood leaders and residents from
Old Louisville and Smoketown, and Metro Louisville officials at the
end of February to discuss ideas and formulate plans to spur the
development of the Oak Street commercial corridor from Ninth Street
to Preston Street.
Called a charrette, these
meetings will encourage idea sharing and solution generation for
design challenges on Oak Street, and are intended to involve and
engage all interested parties.
The finished product of the
charrette will be a report that is non-binding but can become a
guideline for development and could possibly be adopted by Metro
Sponsored by the American
Institute of Architects, Kentucky Design Assistance Team, the
charrette will be held at the Spectrum (the old Male High School on
Brook Street) Thursday through Saturday, February 26-28, 2004. The
preliminary schedule includes a town meeting on Thursday evening to
gather information; a core group planning session during the day on
Friday; a brainstorming session on Friday night; and work sessions
and closing ceremonies on Saturday. Detailed information is
Members of the Old
Louisville Chamber of Commerce and the Old Louisville Neighborhood
Council met with John Fischer, Assistant Director of the Louisville
Development Authority (LDA) Retail Development Division; Hervil
Cherubin, LDA Economic Development Officer; Joe Argabrite, Urban
Design Administrator for Louisville Metro Planning and Design
Services; and several AIA architects at a planning session at the
offices of Luckett & Farley, Inc. on South Third Street on
January 22, 2004.
At that meeting, Alan Bird,
Chair of the Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the coming
charrette, noting that Old Louisville is grossly underserved in
terms of retail establishments. Gary Kleier, architect and Old
Louisville resident, mentioned that Old Louisville has the largest
collection of Victorian architecture in the country and could and
should be developed as a tourist attraction with Oak Street as the
commercial, civic, and symbolic center of the neighborhood.
John Sistarenik, Chair of
the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council, mentioned that the
charrette could build on the neighborhood plan developed for the Old
Louisville/Limerick Traditional Neighborhood Zoning District,
specifically for the Neighborhood Center of the District. Herb
Warren, Chair of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council Zoning and
Land Use Committee expressed optimism that the charrette could spur
more dynamic retail development along the Oak Street corridor.
New business hours for the
Old Louisville Information Center:
Tuesday - Friday
1pm - 5pm
Letters to the Editor
The Louisville Metro Police
Department’s Fifth District and the Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce,
have put together a special email notification system.
In the event that a situation
needs to be brought to the prompt attention of area businesses and
residents, we have created a Safety Report list that would provide email
notification of important situations in our local community. This is not a
discussion list, just a straight email notification.
Only designated individuals
at the Fifth District Police Station will be able to send out notices. The
idea is once a month there may be a general notice of what we need to be
reminded of. For example now in the cold weather not to leave one’s car
running with the keys in it... yup it’s happening, and the cars are
being driven off.
Also, when the need arises, a
Safety Report would come out making businesses and residents aware of
abnormal situations that we need to be concerned about, or keep a look out
The Old Louisville Chamber of
Commerce is glad to sponsor this effort with the Louisville Metro Police
Department providing the notifications when necessary.
You can review the
guidelines, and sign up for the Safety Report at:
www.OldLouisvilleChamber.com/safety If you sign up, your email address
will not be used for any other purpose.
Larry Watkins, Major
Louisville Metro Police Department
Alan Bird, President
Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce
PIC Welcomes Michael Heitz
Back to Louisville
Michael Heitz,the new Director of the
Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation Department, was the guest of honor
at a reception held by the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council Property
Improvement Committee (PIC) on January 8, 2004, at the home of Bill
Gilbert, Brian Shaw, and Dale Strange on South Third Street.
Mr. Heitz returns to Louisville after many
years in Houston, Texas, where his most recent position was manager of
parks in that city. Trained as an architect, Mr. Heitz once had his office
on the third floor of the Third Street home hosting the reception. He
stated that his immediate goals for the park system include proper
maintenance of equipment and buildings.
Herb Fink, PIC Chair, has known Mr. Heitz
for years and welcomed him back to Louisville. He offered the neighborhood’s
help to work with Mr. Heitz in maintaining and improving Central Park.
Herb and John Sistarenik have scheduled a February meeting with the new
director to specifically discuss how the Old Louisville Information Center’s
new Central Park Conservancy Committee can work with Metro Parks.
Tours of the Gilbert/Shaw/Strange home,
recently featured on the 2003 Old Louisville Holiday House Tour and still
decorated for the season, followed the remarks. A buffet with food
prepared by Marjorie Fink and Virginia McCandless and with ice provided by
David Norton was enjoyed by all. Lois Tash, PIC recording secretary, was
in charge of the attendance sheet and name tags.
Who you gonna call?
Ghost Booster Seeks Stories
Is there a ghost in your
attic? If so, please share your story with David Domine, local writer,
food critic, and Old Louisville resident, whose upcoming book, Ghosts of
Old Louisville, will showcase the colorful history and local lore of
America’s largest Victorian neighborhood.
Contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-718-2764.
Status Report: 1359
South Third Street
a public hearing on January 15, 2004, the Louisville Metro Planning Commission
postponed a decision concerning an application for a Traditional Neighborhood
Zoning District (TNZD) map change from single-and two-family residential to
multi-family residential for 1359 South Third Street, formerly the Old
Louisville Inn. The Commission wants its staff to have more time to ascertain if
the application conforms to the objectives and goals of the Old
Greg Mack, the owner, is seeking
the map change in order to convert the building and carriage house into six
condominiums. Under its current designation, the property is limited to two
condos in the main structure and possibly two in the carriage.
The Old Louisville Neighborhood
Council Zoning and Land Use Committee (ZALU) had been working on this issue
since the spring of 2003, when Mr. Mack had originally applied for the change.
Members of ZALU were concerned that a map change could allow up to 11 apartments
or units in the 14,000-square-foot mansion due to the fact that a multi-family
map designation does not distinguish between rental and non-rental units. The
committee also felt the map change would be incompatible with the traditional
use of property for single-family and/or duplex homes in the Neighborhood
General area of the TNZD. 1359 S. Third was built as a single-family home in
1900 and was last occupied from 1990 to 2001 by Marianne Lesher as a
single-family residence with a conditional use as a bed and breakfast.
On January 14, 2003, the owner’s
attorney, Robert Riley, informed the OLNC Executive Board that his client was
agreeable to a Deed of Restrictions with covenants that would provide Old
Louisville neighbor hood organizations a means of assuring that the property
could not be developed or used in a way that would be detrimental to the
traditional and dominant pattern of development in the Neighborhood General area
of the TNZD.
The OLNC Executive Board agreed to
conditionally support the requested map change contingent on the recording of a
Deed of Restrictions and other terms which are listed below. This remains the
position of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council.
Servitudes, Real Covenants, and Binding Elements with Respect to 1359 S.
Third Street ( Docket No. 9-67-02)
Being mindful of the
exceptional size of the house (a mansion of 14,000 SF), of its lack of
occupancy and derelict condition (its interior having been partially
gutted), and of a perceived consumer preference and demand for larger
condominium homes in Old Louisville, the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council
will conditionally support the requested TNZD map change to allow
multi-family use of the house at 1359 S. Third Street, expressly contingent
upon the following conditions:
The owner shall, prior to
receiving Planning Commission approval of the requested map change, and
prior to receiving any permits from the Department of Inspections, Permits
1. Grant to the 1300 S. 3rd
Street Block Association, Inc. (Association) and The Old Louisville
Neighborhood Council, Inc. (Council), or their successor entities, a
beneficial interest in and right of enforcement, both jointly and
severally, of an equitable servitude and restrictive covenant that shall
run with the land in perpetuity for benefit of the grantee Association,
the Council, and each individual owner, their successors and assigns, of
any condominium unit to be developed in the property.
2. The owner shall make
this grant by a Deed of Restriction properly drawn to the satisfaction
of the Association and the Council, in accordance with all formalities
required for enforceable real covenants and equitable servitudes under
Kentucky statutory and common law, properly executed, and will tender
this instrument to the President of the Old Louisville Neighborhood
Council for recording with the County Clerk to be indexed among the
County’s real estate records.
3. The servitude and
covenant shall expressly limit development of the property at 1359 S.
Third St. (both principal structure and carriage house) to no more than
six residential condominium units, at least one of which must be a
minimum of 2,250 finished square feet of livable area, and the remaining
five of which may not be less than 2,000 finished square feet of livable
4. The servitude and
covenant shall require provision of no fewer than five vehicle parking
spaces in the ground floor of the carriage house and shall prohibit
parking more than one vehicle in the yard area between the buildings.
5. The servitude and
covenant shall require that the Master Deed and the individual deed to
each condominium unit shall require that unit to be owner-occupied, will
prohibit rental of each unit whether with or without a lease, and will
prohibit use of each unit for any purpose other than as a dwelling.
6. The Deed of Restriction
shall include a provision to the effect that these same servitudes and
covenants in toto are to be referenced in the Master Deed and in each
individual deed conveying a condominium unit to its buyer. The Deed of
Restriction shall also require that each individual deed conveying a
condominium unit to its buyer contain similar servitudes and covenants
with like effect and grant the owner of each condominium unit a right of
enforcement, whether acting severally or jointly with each other or with
the Association or Council.
7. The owner must agree to
have this requirement of a Deed of Restriction, as well as a copy of the
Deed of Restriction, prepared as stipulated above, adopted by the
Planning Commission as a binding element, in the event and at such time
as binding elements can lawfully be imposed or required by the
Commission in connection with a TNZD map change of this nature.
8. The Deed of Restriction
as well as the conveyance deeds to the individual condominium units
shall include a savings clause stating the intent of the parties that,
should any specific provision set out as a covenant or servitude in the
Deed of Restriction or conveyance deed be found to be judicially
unenforceable either at law or in equity, all remaining servitudes and
covenants shall retain their full force, effect, and shall remain
PIC Celebrates a
The Old Louisville Neighborhood
Council Property Improvement Committee met for its January 15, 2004, meeting at
1452 South Brook Street, a frame, two-story residential duplex located just
south of Burnett Avenue and immediately adjacent to Juanita’s Burger Boy
restaurant. The home has been completely renovated by Old Louisville resident
Bruce Cohen and Andy Horvay
The building had been vacant and
deteriorating for about 25 years, and its ownership was mired in complications.
Approximately six years ago the building was being considered for demolition.
However, PIC lobbied against demolition and the County Attorney’s Office
eventually secured the property for a Commissioners sale. The property was
purchased last year by Mr. Cohen and Mr. Horvay. The owners invited PIC to meet
at and tour the building prior to its rental.
Mr. Cohen explained the trials and
tribulations involved with the renovation; PIC members praised the end result as
they toured the two spacious, airy and bright apartments. Herb Fink, PIC Chair,
thanked Mr. Cohen and Mr.Horvay for their efforts and also thanked the following
who helped in the salvation of this property: Bill Schreck, Director, Metro
Inspections, Permits, and Licenses (IPL), and his staff; Ms. Melissa Barry,
Director, Metro Housing, and her staff; the Jefferson County Attorney’s
During the business section of the
meeting, Michael Baugh, IPL Code Enforcement Inspector, reported on the status
of problem properties currently on the PIC list. After the meeting adjourned,
members enjoyed food donated by Downtown New Orleans restaurant, 1157 South
Second Street, desserts made and donated by Leah Stewart of the Gallery House
Bed And Breakfast, and beverages donated by John Impellizzeri. David Norton
donated the ice.
Spring Cleaning is on the Way
Herb Fink reminds everyone that it
will soon be time to spruce up Central Park for the spring and summer season. He
asks everyone to circle Saturday, April 10, 2004, on their calendars as the date
for the Annual Improvement Session in Central Park.
Central Park is 100 years old this
year and needs to look especially good for all the celebrations which will take
place. More information is forthcoming in March.
FYI: Citizen Alert
The following bill, which
would provide tax credits for the rehabilitation of historic structures and
which, if passed, would be applicable to Old Louisville, is currently in the
Senate Economic Development, Tourism & Labor Committee of the Kentucky
For more information access www.lrc.state.ky.us/home./htm
- E. Scorsone, G. Neal
relating to tax credits for historic property rehabilitation and construction.
Create a new section of
KRS Chapter 171 to provide a tax credit for qualified rehabilitation expenses
paid to rehabilitate a certified historic structure against the individual
income tax, corporate income tax, corporate license tax, public service
corporation property tax, or bank franchise tax; define terms; provide that the
credit is equal to 30% of the expenses in the case of owner-occupied residential
property and 20% in the case of all other property; provide that the maximum
amount of the credit is $60,000; provide that the credit may be transferred or
assigned with some or no consideration; require the Revenue Cabinet to assess a
penalty for disqualifying work; provide that the director of the Kentucky
Heritage Council may impose fees for processing applications; allow the Kentucky
Heritage Council and the Revenue Cabinet to promulgate administrative
regulations; provide that the provisions of this section apply to applications
filed on or after January 1, 2005; create a new section of KRS Chapter 171 to
allow a tax credit for qualified construction expenses for a certified home;
define terms; provide that the credit is equal to 10% of the expenses; provide
that the maximum amount of the credit is $20,000; provide that the credit may be
transferred or assigned with some or no consideration; require the Revenue
Cabinet to assess a penalty for disqualifying work; provide that the director of
the Kentucky Heritage Council may impose fees for processing applications; allow
the Kentucky Heritage Council and the Revenue Cabinet to promulgate
administrative regulations; provide that the provisions of this section apply to
applications filed on or after January 1, 2005; create a new section of KRS
Chapter 136 to reference the credits permitted in this Act; amend KRS 141.0205
Jan 6-introduced in Senate
Jan 9-to Economic Development, Tourism & Labor (S)
A Valentine Dinner
From Debbie Powers
Honey Roasted Pork
Lemon Scented Sugar Snap Peas
Oysters Rockefeller Casserole
Can it get any better than that? Whether you are celebrating that one true love
or gathering with friends and family or merely trying to get dinner on the
table, there is something to be said for great food. In a break from the
traditional "chocolates and roses" Valentine, why not craft this
We begin with the appetizer, Shrimp Martinis. Pull those wonderful martini
glasses from the china cabinet and fill them with Napa Cabbage Slaw and top the
slaw with coconut battered shrimp and viola…Shrimp Martinis!
24 unpeeled, large, fresh shrimp (about 1 1/2 pounds)
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup soft breadcrumbs
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut, toasted
4 cups vegetable oil (for frying)
Napa Cabbage Slaw (recipe follows)
Lime wedges for garnish
Peel shrimp and devein, if desired (leave the tails on, though) Combine
breadcrumbs and coconut. Dip shrimp in egg and then dredge in coconut mixture.
Fry shrimp in oil until golden brown over medium-high heat. Drain on paper
Napa Cabbage Slaw
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons lite soy sauce
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
4 cups shredded napa cabbage
1 large carrot, shredded
1 red bell pepper, cut into very thin strips
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
Whisk together first 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Add cabbage, carrot, and
pepper, tossing to coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
To assemble the martinis, put slaw in bottom of glass and top with three shrimp
and a lime wedge. Makes 8 servings.
Follow the appetizer with Honey Roasted Pork
1 (2- to 3-pound) boneless pork loin roast
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons mixed or black peppercorns, crushed
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
Garnish: watercress sprigs
Place roast on a lightly greased rack in a shallow, aluminum foil-lined roasting
pan. Combine honey and next 4 ingredients; brush half of mixture over roast.
Bake at 325° for 1 hour; brush with remaining honey mixture. Bake 30 more
minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion of roast
registers 155°. Cover lightly with foil; let stand 10 minutes before slicing
Lemon-Scented Sugar Snap Peas
This can be doubled to serve eight.
2 pounds fresh sugar snap peas
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Cook peas in boiling salted water to cover 5 minutes or until crisp-tender.
Drain and plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain. (To make
ahead, wrap peas in paper towels, and place in a zip-top plastic bag. Seal and
chill 8 hours.) Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat; add peas,
and sauté 3 minutes. Add garlic and remaining ingredients. Sauté 2 minutes or
until thoroughly heated.
Oysters Rockefeller Casserole
1 qt. Raw oysters
1 stick butter
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 white onion, chopped
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
1 10 oz. Package frozen spinach, thawed
1/4 cup worchestershire sauce
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
Drain oysters; saute celery and onion in butter for 5 minutes. Add parsley,
spinach, worchestershire sauce, and breadcrumbs. Grease a shallow casserole.
Arrange oysters in the bottom of the dish and cover with spinach mixture. Bake
for 40 minutes at 425 degrees.
1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 (10-ounce) jar seedless raspberry jam
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 1/2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Beat butter and 2/3 cup sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until light
and fluffy. Gradually add flour, beating at low speed until blended. Divide
dough into 6 equal portions, and roll each dough portion into a 12-inch-long x
1-inch-wide strip. Place 3 dough strips on each of 2 lightly greased baking
Make a 1/2-inch-wide x 1/4-inch-deep indentation down center of each strip,
using the handle of a wooden spoon. Bake, in 2 batches, at 350° for 15 minutes.
Remove from oven, and spoon jam into indentations. Bake 5 more minutes or until
lightly browned. Whisk together powdered sugar, 3 1/2 tablespoons water, and
almond extract; drizzle over warm shortbread. Cut each strip diagonally into 12
(1-inch-wide) slices. Cool in pans on wire racks. Arrange on a serving plate.
1 pint raspberry sorbet
1 bottle champagne (or sparkling wine)
Use a melon baller to make small mini-scoops of the sorbet. Fill a champagne
glass 1/3 of the way with the sorbet. Cover and freeze until ready to serve.
Fill glass with champagne just before serving. (These are also beautiful when
served in cordial glasses)
The Filson Honors
Louisville’s Blues Musical Heritage
The Filson Historical
Society will dedicate an evening to blues music and to Louisville’s blues
heritage on Friday, February 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the society’s headquarters,
1310 S. Third Street. The event will consist of a concert of blues music
performed by the 10th Street Blues Band; a short presentation about the history
of blues music in Louisville; an exhibit of blues artifacts, instruments,
records and photographs of blues performers; an open bar of beer, wine and soft
drinks; and light refreshments. Admission is $25.00. The discounted cost for
Filson members is $18. Reservations are required. Call The Filson at (502)
635-5083 for reservations and more information.
The blues is a key part of
African-American culture, and Louisville’s blues roots date back to the
beginning of the 20th century. Several legendary blues artists called the River
City their home, including Sylvester Weaver - the Smoketown resident who
recorded the first blues guitar record in 1923 - Bill Gaither and blues queens
Sarah Martin, Helen Humes and Edmonia Henderson. A blues singer and guitar
player, Gaither received the Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his service during
World War II in the Army’s earliest black combat unit in the Pacific theater.
The 10th Street Blues Band
has performed at the Kentucky Folk Life Festival in Frankfort and in blues clubs
and festivals around the state.
The Filson Historical
Society is Kentucky’s oldest and largest independent historical society.
Organized May 15, 1884, its mission is to collect, preserve and publish
historical material, especially pertaining to Kentucky, the Ohio Valley, and the
upper South. The Filson is headquartered in the Ferguson Mansion in Old
Louisville and houses a library, a museum, and a special collections department.
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