The 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 1

January 2004

OLNC/OLIC Officers and Board Members Elected for 2004

The following individuals were elected at the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council general meeting in December.

Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and Information Center Officers:

Chair: John Sistarenik
Vice Chair: Joan Stewart
Secretary: Jan Morris
Treasurer: Rhonda Williams

Old Louisville Information Center Board:
Peggy Cummins
Chris Eagan
Gary Kleier
Mary Martin
Madonna Wilson

Oak Street News

The Stuart apartment building at Sixth and Oak is undergoing a $1.5 million dollar renovation. Baja Works Development Corporation, run by Old Louisville resident, Bob Bajandas, and his son, Roberto J. Bajandas, has begun work to convert the building into 20 one- to three-bedroom apartments. Some of the street-level units will contain space suitable for retail as well as living quarters. Built in the 1920s, the building sustained fire damage in 1997.
The old Steak and Egg restaurant, on Fourth near Oak, has been demolished. Vacant for approximately 20 years, the boarded-up eyesore was bought at a Court Commissioner’s sale in August by Bob and Roberto Bajandas. They plan to rebuild and attract a business that will be a positive addition to the neighborhood’s commercial center.
A new restaurant and winery, Chef’s Table, and the Old Louisville Winery, will open this spring at First and Oak. Creative Cuisine, currently operating a café and catering business on Bardstown Road, is renovating and redecorating the 5,000 square foot commercial and retail space most recently occupied by the Corner Market. The new establishments will occupy all three buildings at the site. Outdoor patio dining on the adjoining vacant Oak Street lot is being considered. Warren Enterprises, LLC, comprised of Herb and Gayle Warren and H. Lee and Michele Warren, owns the property.
Warren Enterprises is renovating the 28-unit DuPont Manual Apartments at Brook and Oak. The former HUD low-income housing will be converted into market rate property.
After over 40 years, the Ninth Street Roadway is complete. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on December 3, 2003, followed by the opening of the ramps at Oak Street and Oak Street itself. Construction of the long-awaited project began in June, 2001. Total cost was $22 million.

New business hours for the

Old Louisville Information Center:

Tuesday - Friday

1pm - 5pm

At Dupont Manual High School, 6:30 pm, Tuesday, January 20....
Mayor’s Community Conversations Give Citizens a Voice

What’s on your mind regarding Louisville Metro? You can tell Mayor Jerry Abramson and other leaders of the new Louisville Metro government in person at the Mayor’s Community Conversations. At Community Conversations, department leaders, Metro Council members and the Mayor come together at rotating locations throughout the community to hear citizen questions, concerns and ideas. Whether it’s a problem in your backyard or a communitywide concern, Community Conversations are an opportunity to have your voice heard and your needs met.

"As we continue building a better local government and a stronger community, it is important that all citizens have a number of ways to share ideas and voice concerns," Abramson said. "One of our top priorities is to build stronger neighborhoods throughout our new community and connect our citizens to all aspects of local government."

Held monthly (except December), the Mayor’s Community Conversations begin at 6:30 p.m. Mark your calendar and come out on the following dates:

  • January 20 Dupont Manual High School Gym, 120 W. Lee Street

  • February 16 Newburg Community Center, 4810 Exeter Avenue

  • March 15 Ballard High School Back Gym, 6000 Brownsboro Road

  • April 19 Moore High School Theater Room, 6415 Outer Loop

  • May 17 Pleasure Ridge Park High School Gym, 5901 Greenwood Road

  • June 21 Shawnee High School Gym, 4018 W. Market Street

  • July 19 Eastern High School Gym,  12400 Old Shelbyville Road

  • August 16 Highland Middle School Gym, 1700 Norris Place

  • September 20 Iroquois High School Gym, 4615 Taylor Boulevard

  • October 18 Valley High School Gym, 10200 Dixie Highway

  • November 15 Jeffersontown High School Gym, 9600 Old Six Mile Lane

  • December Holiday break - no meeting.

Nearly 2,000 citizens brought questions, concerns and suggestions to the ten Community Conversations held following the program’s launch in March 2003. 

If you can’t attend Community Conversations, you can still make your voice heard anytime by calling MetroCall at 311. MetroCall 311 is the non-emergency number to call when you’ve got a problem, a question or an idea for Louisville Metro government.

Citizens can also connect with metro government online and on television. The Louisville Metro website at  has a wealth of information including available metro services, how to obtain permits and licenses and where to find parks, recreation and the arts. MetroTV, on Insight cable channel 25, makes metro government more accessible to citizens with coverage of Metro council meetings, news conferences and special events and features.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

I have worked on the trash and litter problems in Old Louisville for many, many years. When I was a student at Cochran Elementary, there was a program called "Don’t be a Litterbug!" and I took that to heart. I’ve always hated litter and trash.

In the early 80’s, Nancy Woodcock and I used to ride the alleys and we’d have a long list of properties that had piles of trash and litter in front of, in, and behind the houses. Leonard Butler would send someone out to clean the area and issue the property a fine for non-compliance. The first time Jerry Abramson was elected mayor, I sent him a letter asking for litter baskets at every bus stop, which have

helped a great deal. I asked for a litter bug program to be started in the schools that involved the children. They would collect litter and make a litter sculpture out of it. I even got to judge one year.

With education and enforcement being two very important tools, there are many ways we can make a difference. Every quarterly junk pickup helps. However, with the high density in this area, we should have monthly pickups. Contact the property owners yourself and tell them the problem; sometime they don’t have a clue. The schools need to start a program so the kids in trouble can work off their problems by volunteering to pick up trash around the school property. Call City Call; they can help. BE PERSISTENT!

Melanie Nehmzow and I started talking about the city carts on wheels, a program that the Second Street Neighborhood Association helped start and that is now city-wide. If you don’t think that has made a difference, then you haven’t lived in Old Louisville very long.

Call Herb Fink and ask for a clean-up-blitz in your area. We have certain neighbors that are our secret angels; they walk the streets and pick up every piece of litter. A few good neighbors put out plastic bags so dog walkers have no excuse to leave it behind!

I’d like to see Old Louisville declared a Litter Free Zone. I’d like to see the Mayor start a pilot program with one enforcement officer in the Old Louisville area. The officer would concentrate on trash, litter, and city cart problems. One problem is city carts blocking the alleys. The enforcer would cite owners and educate them about their responsibilities. Which houses probably have 90% of the problems? Yes, the apartment buildings. This enforcer would target the owners of these buildings, inform them of their responsibility, and put the pressure on them until there is compliance. If we can get the apartment building owners in Old Louisville to follow the law and keep their properties clean, then maybe this enforcer can take this pilot program and target another area that has problems with trash, litter, and city carts, and make that area a Litter Free Zone.

Until the city decides to start enforcing the law, we may be stuck with litter, trash, and city carts in the alleys.

Ginny Keen
South 2nd St.


Editor’s note: This is a copy of a letter sent to the mayor on December 30, 2003.

Dear Mayor Abramson:

There was another serious accident last evening at the corner of First and Oak Streets whereby one of the vehicles ended up smashing the front of Ermine’s Bakery. I purchased my home nearby five years ago and there have been many such accidents at this corner. The fact that a pedestrian has not yet been injured or killed qualifies as a miracle.

Relying on a miracle is bad public policy. One of these times a pedestrian walking in front of the bakery will be struck and the city will find itself in court explaining to the judge why it should not be charged with negligence. I will be a witness for the plaintiff because I know that the owner of the bakery has repeatedly asked the city for help in solving the problem without success.

One possible solution is to slow down the traffic on First Street by making it two way starting at Breckinridge. Another solution is to install barriers like they have on Fifth Avenue in New York near Rockefeller Center to prevent vehicles from encroaching on the sidewalk. Maybe the city should have a contest to see who can come up with the most creative and esthetically pleasing solution?

I also worry that Ermine’s will decide to close. Their insurance rates must be skyrocketing. It would be a shame because things are just now getting better along Oak Street. In fact, a new restaurant is planned for this spring on the same corner, "The Chef’s Table."

Dennis J. Lisack, 
South 1st Street


Re: Eagan letter, December, 2003, OL Journal

This is Dave Norton with no connections, the longtime taxpayer and neighborhood resident from 2nd Street by lovely Magnolia Avenue. While walking the neighborhood which I live in, rather than making my living off of, with my mongrel dog which I saved from said street, I pondered your "Perfect Solution" to the neighborhood litter problem.

I will give you the fact that people facilitate litter. But I can take you to a number of large apartment complexes in the neighborhood, and we will find little more than street waste thrown from cars. Apartments cause no more litter than single family homes. All apartment dwellers are not litter bugs any more than all Hill Street residents throw down cellophane and cigarette buts in front of my business.

Ownership neither promotes nor discourages cleanliness. Good citizenship makes us aware of our community responsibilities. As far as the alleys are concerned, I offer you and anyone else concerned with the non-compliance of solid waste management laws to join Alley Action. Be a good neighbor and remind your fellow residents that there can be a fine involved when our trash receptacles are not moved back into our yards. Take action - call MetroCall (574-3333, or simply 311) when there is trash or dumping in an alley. We also have a very strong Action leader in our neighborhood. Her name is Virginia McCandless, and I will tell you that she is not afraid to confront anyone about her alley. It is a garden path; well-lit and landscaped (no litter) from one end to the other.

My goodness, we don’t want any rowdy parties where people might be having a good time - surely litter and sinful activity will follow. Bull. If people were having a better time they probably wouldn’t be sulking around the neighborhood with frowns of unhappiness on their faces.  Let's face it, this "rowdiness" issue has long been used by the newly-upwardly mobile to differentiate themselves from the "common folk"- i.e., elitism. 

Before we ever get into the higher taxes, let’s talk about each and every one of the 700 members of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Association doing something rather than getting government involved. With the amount of time you and I have spent writing letters on this subject, we both could have picked up the litter on half a block of our respective streets. (By the way, I look forward to seeing those people so eager to assign blame for this problem at our next neighborhood cleanup. We target the park, certain corners, and sometimes whole lengths of street, and we always get a whole lot done, thanks to Herb Fink.)

Good citizenship is contagious. Sometimes it takes a long time, but our fellow residents will catch on. If they refuse for some rebellious reason, there are litter laws and fines on the books, and we should insist that they are enforced. You know what? I am so tired of writing that I think I will go out right now and try to improve my alley and front sidewalk. Maybe Virginia or Herb will come by and say, "Hey, it looks better over here. I wonder who took an interest?"

Thanks y’all,
David Norton
Former Mayor of Magnolia

Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce Elects Board Members

James Bentley, David Norton, and Ken Pyle were elected to three-year terms on the board of the Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce at the annual meeting held at the Rudyard Kipling in December.
They join current members, Lee Jones, Gayle Warren, Susan Rostov, Alan Bird, Ken Plotnik, and Nick Sachs. Alan Bird also serves at the president of the organization.

Recent Actions . . .
Landmarks Commission
Old Louisville Architectural Review Committee

  • 518 and 520 West Magnolia Avenue Cabbage Patch Settlement House
    Tracy Holiday, Director
    K. Norman Berry & Associates, Architect
    Proposal to construct a brick veneer connector at the first floor level between the three-story historic structure and the one-story former residence and artist studio, infill an existing ell at the rear corner of the one-story building, and restore the third floor windows of 520 in wood. The architects propose to camelback a slope back roof extension at the rear to provide adequate head height.
    Estimated cost of construction: $112,000.00.
    Approved unanimously.

  • 1401 South Fourth Street -- Phillip and Peggy Fishman, owners
    To construct a 21’ by 29’ free standing garage with a low pitched, reverse gable, standing seam metal roof that will not connect to the existing carriage house. The Magnolia Avenue façade to be of brick of
    shade and details mimicking the shade of the carriage house north wall. Alley way façade featuring 8’ wide by 16’ wide garage stalls.
    Estimated cost of construction: $20,000.00.
    Approved unanimously.

  • 1328 South Fourth Street
    Jeff Layman and Susan Coleman, owners
    Gary Kleier, Architect
    To construct a 53’ by 24’ brick garage with alley façade to appear as a continuous brick wall with cap and to be 11’ in height. The wall will connect physically to the flanking carriage houses. The garage auto entries will be a single 8’ opening flanked by two 16’ doors.
    Estimated cost of construction: $42,000.00
    Approved unanimously.

  • 601 West Oak Street (previously Stuart Apartments)
    Roberto Bajandas, owner
    Restoration of exterior of Tudor Revival style structure which suffered extensive damage in a fire several years ago and has been vacant and abandoned since. Existing slate roofs, cornice trim, stucco/timber
    façade, brick façade and wood configurations to be retained or replaced to match original.
    Estimated cost of construction: $800,000.00.
    Approved unanimously.

  • 1136 South Fourth Street (previously Steak & Eggs Restaurant)
    Roberto Bajandas, owner
    To demolish and remove the existing boarded-up, vacant and deteriorating one-story masonry, previously commercial building.
    Estimated cost of demolition: $5,000.00.
    Approved unanimously.

  • 1366 South and First Street
    Thomas and Nancy Woodcock, owners
    Frank Pierce, Architect
    To demolish the existing two-story stable/carriage house and reconstruct a two-story carriage house reflective of the original structure.
    Estimated cost of construct: $130,000.00.
    Approved unanimously.


Conrad Caldwell House Museum Features
"The Turn of the Century on St. James Court"

Literature, entertainment, style, and transportation of the early 20th century will be featured at a Conrad Caldwell House Museum program in late January.

On Sunday, January 25, 3:00-5:00 PM, and Thursday, January 29, 7:00-9:00 PM, various informational stations in Caldwell Hall will provide glimpses into life on St. James Court over a century ago. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for students.

Contact the Conrad Caldwell House Museum for further information at 636-5023.

 Sinners, Satyrs, and Saints...
Speed Art Museum presents German "Little Master"
Prints from the Collection of Malcolm Bird

On January 20, the Speed Art Museum will open an exhibition featuring the works of a remarkable but little-known group of printmakers often referred to as the Little Masters. The approximately 50 works by the Little Masters and related artists are from the private collection of Old Louisville resident Malcolm Bird.

Working in Germany during the early 1500s, these innovative artists produced finely detailed engravings of religious, mythological, decorative, and secular subjects in small scale oftentimes no larger than a modern postage stamp.

These artists, including Barthel Beham, Hans Sebald Beham, and Georg Pencz, were influenced by the pioneering painter and printmaker, Albrecht Durer, and combined stylistic elements of the Italian Renaissance with a distinctly Northern European temperament.

Malcolm Bird developed a passion for Old Master prints, especially those of the German Little masters, during the 1960s. A long-time supporter of the arts in Louisville, Malcolm Bird is a retired physical therapist and an amateur cellist with an avid interest in chamber music. The Saint James Court Art Show was his brainchild, and he served as its chair for 14 years.

The exhibition continues through April 4, 2004. For gallery hours and more information, call (502) 634-2700 or access

Litter on the Streets and on our Minds

Winter may have a stark beauty, but without the camouflage provided by plants and greenery it is also a season when litter on streets and sidewalks especially stands out. Letters to the Old Louisville Journal for the past several months have voiced the frustrations and concerns that many in the neighborhood experience over the problem.
Cynthia Knapek, Executive Director of Brightside, forwarded a summary of the Mayor’s Anti-Litter Project. She and other metro officials will be guests at the first-quarterly general meeting of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council at 7PM on Thursday, March 11, 2004.

Cleanup (beginning Fall 03)
Fall Community Wide Cleanup/ Green Mile Relaunch - Started with free junk drop off at the land fill and then the Mayor handed out brooms/rakes at area Lowe’s encouraging new groups to adopt a "Green Mile" (the Metro version of the State’s "Adopt a Highway") while existing groups got out and did a roadside cleanup.
TIME FRAME: WMD junk day was Oct. 18/ roadside cleanup with the Mayor was Oct. 25. New Green Mile Signage went up in November.

Highway Cleanup - State road crews have been contracted to do cleanup during winter months. We will supplement this with a local inmate crew cleaning ramps and running the Vac-All on the interstates.
TIME FRAME: There will be one in December and one in March.

Neighborhood Empowerment - the committee will use grant funds to purchase street cleaners. SWMs would operate them and neighborhood groups could schedule a time to have them come to their area. We are getting two walk-behind cleaners and one riding machine.
TIME FRAME: Equipment has been ordered and will be available in December.

Inmate Crews to Clean Dump Sites- the committee will pay one correction officer to maintain a full time crew of inmates to clean up dumping sites and other problem litter areas (i.e. ramps).
TIME FRAME: Crew will start in December.

Pole Pollution - (paper signage in public rights of way and on telephone/power poles) the committee is looking at both cleanup and enforcement of fines for violators.
TIME FRAME: the committee is still evaluating the problem.

Enforcement (beginning Fall 03)

FlashCam Surveillance - Flash cameras put up on the problem sites would record people in the act of littering and scare them off. We can also use photos in our enforcement efforts.
TIME FRAME: Demo Camera will be used during Nov. and Dec.

Reevaluate Litter Laws - Work with law enforcement agencies to determine if current laws need to be rewritten to make it easier to cite and prosecute violators.
TIME FRAME: Meetings have already begun but this will be a lengthy process.

Administrative Hearing Process - The steering committee believes it is important to establish an administrative court that would handle the penalty appeal processes for those cited with litter violations.
TIME FRAME: Budget figures have already been obtained but there are significant logistic concerns that need to be worked through. The goal is to have this set up by March when the outreach campaign starts.

Education and Marketing (beginning Spring 04)

Market Research - Research from other cities has already been evaluated and was used to create a survey. Results of the local survey will be used to create an outreach campaign that speaks to Metro residents.
TIME FRAME: Survey has been designed and is being implemented. Results will be ready for review in January.

Outreach Campaign - All efforts will be coordinated with similar visuals and a campaign slogan. Marketing efforts will include media buys supplemented with donated airtime. Public relations efforts may include press conferences, anti-litter mascot to make appearances at community festivals, litter bags distributed at car washes and garages, a 1-800-report a litterer number and a web site. Education efforts will be directed at groups most likely to litter and might include tactics such as talking to driver’s ed classes.
TIME FRAME: We will begin planning the campaign in December to launch the campaign in March.

Oak Street on the Move

The Stuart apartment building at Sixth and Oak is undergoing a $1.5 million dollar renovation.

A new restaurant and winery, Chef’s Table, and the Old Louisville Winery, will open this spring at First and Oak.

The old Steak and Egg restaurant, on Fourth near Oak, has been demolished.


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