On September 14, 2000, the Property
Improvement Committee held its monthly meeting. Topics on the agenda were the Gheens Planetarium, presented
by Jim Cheski, Assistant Vice President of U of L, an update on crime and
safety from Major Dan Assef, and presentation of the final plans for the
Ninth Street Extension.
presented the plans and goals for the Science Center and Rauch
Planetarium. The facility, as
well as being used for teaching, will be open to the public.
He also invited everyone in attendance to a preview showing when
the facility opens.
Assef reported that crime in the neighborhood was down and that he would
discuss the overall neighborhood concerns with his officers and staff.
He also stressed that if you notice any suspicious activity that
you fill out a hot spot card (available at the Information Center) and
turn it in at the Fifth District. The
Hot Spot cards help the District identify potential problem areas.
Shreck, Director, City of Louisville Department of Inspections, Permits,
and Licenses, was unable to attend the meeting.
In his place, Herb Fink gave a report on vacant and abandoned
properties. Mr. Fink reported
that from the list of 55 plus properties
compiled in 1998, eight more properties have been added, but that
fewer than thirty remain on the list today.
We owe our thanks to Herb and his committee for their efforts.
Herron, Director of Public Works, along with his staff, presented the
final plans for the Ninth Street Extension project.
Their presentation discussed buffer landscaping, public utilities,
and traffic patterns. Information
presented included the partial closing of Seventh Street while utilities
are rerouted and updated. There
would be two interchanges. One
would exit onto Oak Street, which could become a two way street.
The second intersection would tie to Seventh Street between Myrtle
and Magnolia. The extension will give direct access for commercial traffic
to the Shively Industrial Park.
presentation, the floor was open for discussion. Penny Johnson, who lives on Floral Terrace, asked where the
excavating equipment would be stored.
Mr. Herron stated the equipment would be stored at the old CSX
property on Seventh Street. Mrs.
Johnson then expressed her concern over the use of the CSX property, in
terms of how noise and dust during construction will effect residents of
President of Central Park West Association, reiterated his concern over
construction during late evening hours, and the effect on the residents
from the construction equipment on Seventh Street. A pledge was made to
resolve these issues with those most
Koch asked about the Oak Street interchange and changing the Oak Street
traffic pattern to two-way. What
effect would increased traffic have on the redevelopment of retail on Oak
Street? Was curbside parking
to be retained or was the plan to do away with parking?
The possibility of widening the lanes on Oak Street and doing away
with parking was mentioned. This
raised concerns with all in attendance and a vote was called.
All in attendance voted to retain the curbside parking on Oak
Street and this was relayed to Mr. Herron.
expressed their concerns about commercial truck traffic currently
traversing the neighborhood. Trucks now frequent Myrtle and Magnolia.
Several parked vehicles have been struck by trucks attempting to
make turns onto Sixth Street from Myrtle and Magnolia.
Also, one home on Myrtle has been damaged twice by commercial truck
traffic. Currently the
neighborhood is being used as a short cut for commercial traffic.
The major concern was that an Oak Street interchange could provide
a direct shortcut from Ninth Street to I-65.
Residents asked if a traffic impact study had been done concerning
the increase of commercial traffic on Oak, or if Oak Streets commercial
truck traffic was going to be prevented from entering the neighborhood via
the Oak Street interchange. Mr.
Herron indicated that a sign could be put up at the Oak Street exit
prohibiting trucks. Other information was presented that truck traffic
probably could be legally prohibited from
resident expressed concern that the underpasses just south of where the
new Ninth Street will merge into the present Seventh may be too low for
all truck traffic and would thus cause Oak Street congestion.
consensus that the issues of the underpasses and how to discourage or
prohibit all truck traffic within the neighborhood should be studied
information on updates to the Ninth Street Extension will be posted on the
web at Oldlouisville.com
as they become available.