Residents express concerns about redevelopment of former Urban Government Center site

Residents express concerns about redevelopment of former Urban Government Center site


HAVE TO SAY FIRST AND HOLGER
QUESTIONS UNTIL THE END. THAT DIDN’T GO OVER SO WELL. THIS PICTURE IS TOTALLY
CHANGED. ERIC: RARELY ARE DRAWINGS SO
CONTESTED, BUT, RARELY IS THERE
A PLAN TO COMPLETELY REDEVELOP
12 ACRES OF PRIME REAL ESTATE IN
THE HEART OF LOUISVILLE.>>WHEN WE FIRST PUT THE DESIGN
IN, IT WAS A CONCEPT. ERIC: JUSIN BROWN IS WITH THE
MARIAN GROUP THE COMPANY
SELECTED BY THE CITY TO HANDLE
THE REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT. IT’S ONE OF THREE COMPANIES THAT
BID TO HANDLE IT, AND, PART OF
THE CRITICISM FROM PEOPLE LIVING
IN THE AREA IS, THE CITY SOLD
TWO ACRES OF LAND ON VINE STREET
TO THE MARIAN GROUP FOR ONE DOLLAR. JOANN ROBINSON IS AMONG THEM
>>A DOLLAR FOR THESE ACRES? IS A SLAP IN THE FACE. WHY DIDN’T THEY ASK THE
NEIGHBORHOOD IF THEY WOULD BE
INTERESTED IN BUYING THIS
DILAPIDATED PROPERTY? ERIC: ANOTHER SOURCE OF
FRUSTRATION IS THE PLAN ITSELF,
PHASE ONE, AS IT WAS PRESENTED
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SAYS, THERE WILL
BE 22 SHOTGUN STYLE HOUSES BUI
ON THE PROPERTY. BUT PEOPLE LIVING HERE, WHO WERE
PART OF THE INITIAL
CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE
REDEVELOPMENT, SAY WHEN THEY
ORIGINALLY AGREED TO THE
REDEVELOPMENT IDEA, IT WAS ONLY GOING TO BE 12 HOUSES, WIT
LARGE AREAS OF GREEN SPACE. WITH. 10 MORE HOUSES THAN WE SAID AND
THEY ARE GETTING RID OF THE
GREEN SPACE WE WANTED ON DAY
ONE. IT’S UPSETTING. ERIC: BROWN SAYS, FEEDBACK FROM
THIS MEETING IS JUST THE
BEGINNING, THE MARIAN GROUP WILL
USE THE COMMENTS AND CONCERNS
IT MOVES FORWARD.>>WE WANT TO DECIDE WHAT KIND
OF CONNECTIVITY WE WANT TO
EMPHASIZE. ERIC: THE MARIAN GROUP SAYS IT
IS IN THE ZONING PROCESS RIGHT
NOW. DATES FOR PUBLIC COMMENT HAVE
NOT BEEN SET RIGHT NOW.

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