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
OLNC/OLIC Officers and Board
Members Elected for 2004
The following individuals were
elected at the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council general meeting
Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and Information
Chair: John Sistarenik
Vice Chair: Joan Stewart
Secretary: Jan Morris
Treasurer: Rhonda Williams
Old Louisville Information Center Board:
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
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
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
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 www.loukymetro.org
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
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
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.
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
Dennis J. Lisack,
South 1st Street
Re: Eagan letter, December, 2003, OL
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
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
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.,
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
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?"
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
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 . . .
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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 http://www.speedmuseum.org.
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
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
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
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