Fifty Chinese Elm Trees Planted on South 6th Street
Property Improvement Committe Report On September 14, the Property Improvement Committee of the OLNC met with Bill Schreck, the City of Louisville's Director of Inspections, Permits, and Licenses, to receive an update on approximately 45 pieces of property that have been objects of concern.
Fifteen sites are from early 1998's list of approximately fifty-five vacant and deteriorating properties. These are the fifteen that remain just that - vacant and deteriorating. Three of these - 103 W. Kentucky, 1452 S. Brook, and 1136 S. Fourth (the former Dobbs House Restaurant) are, we found, in the process of being taken by the City under the 1984 Spot Condemnation Law. Of the remaining dozen properties, any or all of the owners may be taken to court.
There are eight additional properties we have identified as having become vacant since our list was drawn up two and a half years ago, for a total of 23 vacant locations. One of the eight is going through the spot condemnation process.
In addition, there are nineteen properties that have been removed from the list (whew!), but need continued monitoring. We found varying degrees of improvement among these.
Of these two categories - the eight and the nineteen - the committee feels it would be advisable to invite most, if not all, of the owners to a committee meeting, perhaps in several small groups. This way, as each property comes up for review, the conversation with its owner would be heard by the other owners in the room. To the extent that people can be shamed or embarrassed this might exert an effective form of peer pressure.
As to the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house at 1803 S. Third, it is a continuing cause for concern. However, it seems that there have been few recent complaints, aside from trash and litter. This needs to be brought to the fraternity's attention.
Finally, there have been many items of concern regarding Minerva Court, 1603 S. Second - dumpsters, grass, condition of buildings, etc. Though time did not allow Mr. Schreck to give a report on the situation, it appears that IPL is getting it under control. Thank you.
The next PIC meeting will be in January, 2001, most likely January 11.
Herb Fink, PIC Chair
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