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Majority Caucus members issue statement on "Whiskey Row" proposal

Monday May 9, 2011

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

Following the announcement by Mayor Greg Fischer on a deal to preserve the Main Street buildings known as Whiskey Row, members of the Majority Caucus of the Louisville Metro Council has issued the following statements:

“I applaud the efforts of Mayor Fischer, his economic development team and the private sector businesses that see the potential for saving our heritage as Main Street continues a remarkable rebirth. Saving Whiskey Row is a priority for the Metro Council. The financial success of the Yum Center is enhanced with Whiskey Row creating jobs and opportunity for the Metro Area. The Metro Council is ready to do what it can to ensure Downtown’s continued success. We should say thank you to the many citizens groups and preservations who reminded us that these buildings are as much a part of our economic health as any new building that could be constructed.”

Councilman Jim King, Metro Council President, District 10

“This effort is a great example of what happens when citizen involvement reminds us not only of the importance of our heritage but the uniqueness of our history. I applaud the preservation groups and citizens in the community who made fighting for these buildings a priority. I also applauded the businesses involved who have shown they listened to those concerns.”

Councilman David Tandy, District 4

“This is a great day in Metro Louisville. How tragic it would have been to let this one of only two intact iron building facades in the country be demolished. Landmarking these structures was easy. Ending their likely demolition was the tough job. This public-private partnership between the metro government and private interests proves what can be accomplished when all the stakeholders come together to find creative solutions to preserving our past while keeping an eye toward the future. Mayor Fischer deserves a great deal of credit for remaining focused on the belief that preservation can be a vital component of economic development. This agreement in particular should remind all of us that they are not mutually exclusive and can be complimentary to a community’s interests and vitality. ”

Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, District 9

“As a member of the Council, I look forward to working with the Mayor on Whiskey Row. The people of Old Louisville know all too well the benefit of saving and restoring historic buildings. It is encouraging to see the effort to save Whiskey Row is moving forward. What is good for one area of our city will benefit all of us.”

Councilman David James, District 6

“I'm pleased with all the parties that negotiated in good faith with their reputations and treasure on the line but I want to single out the citizens who were offended that we allowed those buildings to deteriorate but never gave up in their fight to save them.”

Councilman Tom Owen, District 8

“I am pleased to support any effort that creates local jobs in the area. The Yum Center is a good example of bringing more opportunity to people in this community and that is my hope in moving this project forward.”

Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, District 2

Sponsors:
Jim King (D) 10
David Tandy (D) 4
Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9
David James (D) 6
Tom Owen (D) 8
Barbara Shanklin (D) 2