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Councilwoman Ward-Pugh proposes waiting period for demolitions

Tuesday April 22, 2003

Media Release
For Immediate Release

For Information Contact:
Jennifer F. Brislin
502.574.4137

Patrick H. Neely
502.574.1351

Ninth District Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh will introduce an ordinance Thursday requiring that a 30-day notice be given when an application is made for a wrecking permit to demolish a building.

The proposal comes a week after the historic Liebert House at 2141 Lexington Road was demolished as neighborhood leaders, having just learned of the plan to tear it down, fought to save it. The 1880s building, a former dairy, is believed to be the only intact farmstead of considerable acreage within Metro Louisville’s urban core.

“This ordinance will assist us in preserving our historic structures, and gives neighbors and neighborhood leaders a chance to respond to permits for demolition,” Ward-Pugh said.

The ordinance makes no provision for stopping the application process for a wrecking permit. Instead, it requires that a sign be posted on the proposed demolition site for 30 days; that notice be given to the adjoining property owners; and that the Department of Neighborhoods and council member of the district be notified.

Sponsor(s)

Tina Ward-Pugh (D)  9