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Councilman James announces creation of Oak Street Task Force

Tuesday March 1, 2011

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

The goal is to enhance Oak Street as an important economic and neighborhood corridor in the Old Louisville area. The effort to reach such as a goal is already underway as a result of a special task force created by Councilman David James (D-6)

“We have gathered some creative and dedicated people to revitalize Oak Street as one of many main thoroughfares in Old Louisville,” says James. “The focus of this group is to find a way to blend businesses needs, neighborhood revitalization while keeping the public safe in transforming Oak Street.”

The mission of the task force is to find the proper balance of private development, infrastructure improvement and public safety on Oak Street from its intersection with Floyd Street to Seventh Street and get the community involved in achieving those goals.

“This task force is long overdue and I appreciate Councilman James’ leadership in identifying the need to enhance Oak Street and Old Louisville,” said Don Keeling, President of the St. James Court Association, who chairs the task force.

The Task Force is made up of two committees: Development and Infrastructure & Public Safety.

The Development Committee will primarily focus on private property with a focus on the redevelopment of vacant and unused buildings; upgrading facades and loans and communication with existing building owners and tenants.

“I am excited!” said Don Driskell, President of the Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce and task force member. “The Oak Street corridor is a vital component to the success of Old Louisville and this task force will allow the necessary economic development needed to redevelop and sustain our neighborhood.”

The Infrastructure & Public Safety Committee has the job of working with the agencies of Metro Government such as Public Works and Metro Development to coordinate and plan improvement in areas such as right of way; sidewalk repair and installation; brick paver installation; street paving and striping. The Committee will also deal with TARC improvements and the potential for street scaping.

The Committee will also work with neighborhood associations, Louisville Metro Police including the District Resource Officer and various block watch groups to keep those groups in the loop on issues of solving crime and public safety along the corridor.

“We have a good group of concerned people who are ready to get to work,” says James. “The challenge ahead is to make sure Oak Street, like many other prominent corridors in Metro Louisville, is a place where everyone wants to live and do business.”

“The task force’s vision will address infrastructure, economic development and safety issues in our community all at the same time. I appreciate Councilman James’ commitment and vision to improve Old Louisville,” Joan Stewart, Chair of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council commented.

Members of the Oak Street Task Force include: Joan Stewart, Chuck Anderson, Steve Vice, Tim Hyland, John Fischer, Deborah Bilitsky , Verna Goatley, Marita Willis, Kim Kraeszig, David James, Don Driskell, Howard Rosenberg, Andrew Owen, Derrick Moore, Bill Holladay and Don Keeling.

For more information, contact Councilman James’ office at 574-1106.

Sponsor:
David James (D) 6