The Old Louisville Journal

A Monthly Summary of News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation

Volume 24, Issue 8

August 2002

August Chair Notes

Next Stop: Rezoning

Old Louisville and Limerick are on track to become the city's first Traditional Neighborhood Zoning District (TNZD) which will make the zoning more compatible with the form district under Cornerstone 2020, Jefferson County's comprehensive land-use plan.

What is it?

The TNZD is an urban residential zone established pursuant to KRS 100.201(3). The TNZD is designed to recognize historic or long-established traditional neighborhoods and to protect them as a distinct pattern of development. TNZDs occur in developed areas that experience redevelopment and infill development. Traditional neighborhoods are broadly characterized as communities having an identifiable boundary, a predominance of residential uses and open space such as parks and playgrounds, a connected street and alley pattern, buildings that are close to or at the sidewalk, and in some cases, a well-defined center or transition area that contains a mixture of uses.

The TNZD is designed to promote diversity and integration of uses and structures in an existing traditional neighborhood through flexible design standards.

The Old Louisville/Limerick neighborhood will be divided or mapped into three broad areas: Neighborhood General (predominantly single and two-family residential), Neighborhood Transition-Center (mixed residential, office, institutional, and commercial), and Neighborhood Center (primarily commercial, institutional and office mixed in with a higher density residential).

For each area regulations will specify uses permitted by right subject to design standards, uses permitted where mapped to generally recognize historic uses of property (for example, a multifamily residential structure in the Neighborhood General area), uses not permitted (for example, fraternities and sororities in the Neighborhood General area), and uses permitted as conditional use.

Legally existing uses and densities will not be required to change; they will be grandfathered in. However, future conversions and modifications will be required to conform to the new zoning regulations.

The plan also designates site design standards, parking, signage and public rights-of way landscape.

Old Louisville and Limerick are Historic Landmarks and Preservation Districts and will continue to be governed by architectural design standards carried out by the Landmarks Commission.

How we got to this point:

Many residents have been on board in helping formulate this rezoning plan. The rezoning effort was initiated by the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council Zoning and Land Use Committee in 1998. The Board of Alderman approved the effort to revise the Old Louisville and Limerick plans that were adopted in the early 1980s. In 1999 Mayor Armstrong appointed a task force, which included many neighborhood leaders, to formulate the revised plan. After much work a final draft of the revised plan was adopted by the task force in early 2001.

The plan has been supported by the Mayor through the Louisville Development Authority as well as by the Aldermen, who approved the plan in September, 2001.

We have already started to enjoy some of the benefits of the plan. The removal of parking restrictions from the neighborhood as well as changing St. Catherine Street (and Oak Street by this fall) to two-way traffic are direct results of plan recommendations that were supported by the Mayor and Aldermen

Where do we go from here?

The area-wide rezoning of our neighborhood to a TNZD is currently making its way through the Planning Commission process. In its consideration of this rezoning application, the Planning Commission will call a public hearing in September. Written notice of the hearing will be mailed to all property owners at least 30 days in advance.

The Planning Commission will then make a recommendation to the Board of Aldermen which, if things go according to schedule, will act in October on an ordinance to rezone the neighborhood as a TNZD.

Prior to the Planning Commission public hearing, the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council will hold a meeting to familiarize residents and all interested parties with the rezoning plan. Task force members and staff from the Louisville Development Authority will be present to explain the plan and answer questions. Information about meeting date, time, and location will be mailed.

I am excited about the rezoning plan. It will protect our neighborhood by maintaining its historic characteristics and by promoting development and land uses that insure compatibility with those characteristics. This is a big, important step for Old Louisville and Limerick.

John Sistarenik with assistance from Bob Bajandas

Toonerville Votes To Ban Sale of Alcohol

Residents of Precinct M-124 voted on July 16, 2002, to ban alcohol sales. Problems with the Ormsby Dispensary, the only establishment in the precinct that sold alcohol, prompted calls for the vote. A shooting death occurred there on February 12, 2002. A suspect has been charged and is in custody.

The precinct is bounded by First, Oak, Preston, and Burnett.


Central Park Patrons Update

Thanks to the following groups and individuals who have contributed funds to the $15,000 matching grant for Central Park improvements. The City will match our $15,000 to make $30,000 available for the purchase and installation of new park benches and trash containers. So far $11,660 has been raised.

Please join this list by making your checks payable to the Old Louisville Information Center. Donations are tax-deductible.

No Shrinking Violets on Garden Tour

Gray skies and drizzle on Saturday didn't deter the hardy, and blue skies, mild temperatures, and low humidity really brought out the crowds on Sunday as the Ninth Annual Hidden Treasures Garden Tour scored a big success.

Sponsored by the Second Street Neighborhood Association, the tour on July 13-14 featured nine gardens throughout Old Louisville. Jerry Birschbach, SSNA Chair, reports that nearly 1,000 people participated in the tour.

Tourists were also able to enjoy ice cream and soft drinks at the Ice Cream Shoppe on the front lawn of Jerry Birschbach's and Marshall Moore's home on Ormsby Avenue.


A person with graphic arts talent to redesign and update the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council walking tour brochure.

Please call the Information Center to volunteer your efforts.

Community Yoga Classes Begin September 9

Yoga classes will resume for the fall on Monday, September 9 from 6PM-7:30PM in the Old Louisville Information Center.

The classes are taught by Karla Markendorf, an Old Louisville resident, and will continue on consecutive Mondays through October 28.

Cost for the eight-week session is $40 or $6 per class. Register at the Old Louisville Information Center.

Bourbon Barrel Planters for Sale

Brightside has half-size bourbon barrel planters for sale. The Brown Forman Corporation has generously donated the barrels to Brightside. The barrels are $20.00 each or two for $30.00. If you are interested in purchasing a barrel, contact Jim Beckham at 574-2339.

Getting Into the Swing of Things

You may have noticed some unusual construction equipment near the southwest corner of Central Park. Metro Parks has installed new sets of swings at this site. The swings are now closer to the other children's playground equipment.

New standards allow only two swings between support poles. In addition, wood mulch is now used in place of sand as the surface material surrounding the playground equipment. 

Say Hello to Erika Rogers!

Erika Rogers is the new Administrative Assistant at the Old Louisville Information Center. A Third Street resident, Erika looks forward to meeting and serving residents at the OLIC.

The Center has new hours:

Mondays-Fridays, 1PM-5PM.
Meeting Reminder
Tuesday, August 27
Old Louisville Information Center Board Meeting, 6PM
Old Louisville Neighborhood Council Board Meeting 7:30PM

New e-mail address
new e-mail address for Old Louisville Neighborhood Council is: 

Restaurant Tidbits

The Old Louisville restaurant scene keeps growing and improving!

Visit the Old Louisville Information Center to pick up a list of neighborhood restaurants.

Here's the latest news:

The Corner Market & Cafe at First and Oak now features a Weekend Omelette Bar from 10AM-2PM on Saturdays and 10AM-3PM on Sundays. Several varieties of omelettes are offered as well as Belgian waffles. Stop by for a great brunch.

Carla Gresham's Third Avenue Bakery opens soon in the building behind The Third Avenue Cafe at Third and Oak. Chef Carla will feature cakes, pies, cookies, scones, muffins, coffee and tea. She is famous for her tasty low-fat concoctions. Indulgence without the price! Hours initially will be Mondays-Saturdays, 8AM-3PM.

Wangs & Thangs, 416 West Oak, features Wang Day every Monday from 11AM-11PM.. All varieties of Buffalo wings from Famous Fired to Bourbon BBQ are  only 30 cents each. Long Necks are $1.50. Fax orders to 636-9269. College student and senior citizen discounts with id. are available except on Mondays. Wangs on Wheels delivery also available


OLB&PA Newsletter

Old Louisville Business & Professional Association

Oak Street Development:

Mayor David Armstrong committed more then $250,000 for improvements on Oak Street from Floyd to 8th Street. This is necessary to attract businesses that are sorely needed in the Old Louisville community. Which includes six High-Rise apartment facilities for seniors and disabled. The Oak Street corridor is within walking distance of 3 blocks of this housing. Most of the residence walk or are taken by bus to do their shopping. Also developing the Oak Street Corridor can support Tourism and turn the Victorian Home Neighborhood into a National Attraction.

Unfortunately the Board of Alderman did not adopt the Mayor's Budget. Therefore we cannot expect any funding until next year. Because the Merger will start Jan 1 2003, the present City Budget is for 6 months. A lot of work will be needed during this time to get the Oak Street Project back in the City Budget.

Tourism- Market Place Study Update by Susan Rostov:

As of July 17 we have completed three focus groups in our study. While focus groups have limitations—e.g., too few participants to make broad generalizations—, they do allow in-depth examination on specific issues. We feel we had a very representative sample in all of the focus groups. Thus we find the information, along with our demographic data, to be fairly complete for our report.

Have we found anything startling? NO. Have we been able to get a comprehensive view of Old Louisville at this particular time? YES.

All in all we found lots of optimism, tremendous enthusiasm for Old Louisville, even from those who only work here, and many good ideas to improve the climate. We feel there is a willingness to participate at some level to overcome what obstacles exist. There is another very interesting conclusion. Those people who have lived and/or worked in old Louisville for over ten years strongly feel things are MUCH BETTER than they have been in the past. They see all kinds of improvement and renovation. They are excited with the new restaurants that have chosen to open here and are regular customers of them. Generally speaking the residents shop Old Louisville first whenever possible. Obviously they have to go to other areas for such things as books, clothing, etc. They say they would definitely tend to support any new venture in Old Louisville. Finally there is great concern, especially among retailers, about the safety and cleanliness of the Oak Street Corridor. This appears to be a problem that we will have to address as a community within the confines of the law.

Again a special thanks to the folks at Super 8 Motel for offering their facilities for the focus groups. For those of us who remember how dilapidated the motel had become, it is especially gratifying that the new owners chose to invest in the property. It is a great asset to the 2nd street corridor.

Finally, s.r./p.r. welcomes inquiries, suggestions, and questions. Contact us by e-mail at susanlee@ by phone at 637-7180 0r by fax at 638-9749.

Oak Street Plantings:

Large Planters and under tree flowers were planted along Oak Street and they need to be watered. Some businesses have volunteered to do this but we still need help. Herb Fink put a lot of effort into getting these plants for our business district, the least we can do is take care of them. Please call Arnold or JoAnn, 585-3060, or e-mail to volunteer.


OLB&PA has been holding it's meetings Quarterly this year. The date for September has been changed to : the 18th at noon . Our speaker will be Mayor David Armstrong. Please mark your calendars now for this very important meeting in September. Our December meeting is on the 11th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. There is NO August meeting.


We continued our membership drive in July and had a good response. We encourage our present members to help by talking to other business owners and professionals. If you need applications, checkout OldLouisville.Net or call, Alan Bird at 636-1078. We also encourage businesses to purchase Ads in this OLIC Journal.



Calendar for August 2002












6 Ouerbacker
Arts & Crafts

7 House Tour Mtg. 6PM @OLIC

8 PIC Meeting 7pm@ OLIC



11 Belgravia Ct Association 7pm


13 St. James 7pm @ Haskins Hall

14House Tour Committee 7pm, 

15 Newsletter deadline
Toonerville 7PM






21 3rd St Meeting 7pm

22 Central Park Centennial Comm. 7PM @OLIC





27OLIC Board Meeting 6pm, OLNC Board Meeting 7:30pm

28 Centrl Park West @ CCH





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