How about some good Friday news?
There are a couple of updates from the week worth mentioning, especially given how popular this site’s #DemolitionWatch posts have become. So from the Commonwealth’s two biggest cities, I offer some potentially positive outcomes to places on Demolition Watch.
Here are the original #DemolitionWatch posts related to the Jefferson and Fayette County structures. Updates are after the jump.
- Louisville Water Company Block
- Peoples Bank Scheduled for Morning Demolition?
- Action Alert: Peoples Bank May Be Saved With Your Help
Louisville Water Company Building
|Louisville Water Company Building, ca. 1913. University of Louisville Archives.|
First, from Louisville. Last month, I derided “Possibility City” for lack of imagination or possibility with regard to three demolitions on a block slated to become the home of an Omni Hotel. The post warned that “still standing on the block are the old Water Company building and the old Odd Fellows Hall.” Louisville has recently been spotlighted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as the city is turned into a 3-year ‘living laboratory’ so it didn’t make sense for this development to end horribly.
And it appears that it won’t as there’s good news from Louisville Mayor Jim Fischer per the Louisville Courier Journal. The city of Louisville will commit $1 million toward moving all or part of the historic Water Company building. Per the Mayor’s website, “we are committed to saving all or parts of the historic old Water Company Building.” The $1 million has already been set aside by the city to help prepare the site for the Omni Hotel project, and Fisher “would rather use that money to help save some of the building.”
The mayor also outlined three potential outcomes:
- Move the entire old Water Company Building;
- Move the portico, the façade, and 25 feet of the side walls; or
- Move only the portico and place it on public land
We’ll see which outcome is the route taken. I’ll be pulling for #1!
Peoples Bank in Lexington
|Peoples Bank rendering.|