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Bardstown Rd; Past: Present and Future Saturday, Dec. 4th

Friday December 3, 2010

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

Members of the Bashford Manor, Bon Air, Bon Air Estates and Highgate Springs Neighborhood Associations will get a unique history lesson on one of the area’s most traveled thoroughfares from an expert historian on Saturday, December 4th.

Louisville Metro Council President Tom Owen will make a presentation on the history of Bardstown Road as a prelude to a January workshop which will begin work on beautifying a stretch of the road from Gardiner Lane to Hikes Lane. The Bardstown Road Streetscape plan is sponsored by Council members Jim King (D-10) and Brent T. Ackerson (D-26). Owen is a co-sponsor of the project.

“It is easy to think of Bardstown road as just another street in our city, “says Metro Council President Tom Owen (D-8). “However, it is a street that has retained the feel of a small community while at the same time serving as a thriving business corridor.”

The History Presentation will be made at the Bon Air Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library, 2816 Del Rio Place from 10:00am to 11:30am.

“Look no further than Preston Highway along Audubon Park to see what kind of impact a Streetscape Program can have on an area,” says King. “However, it is important see what the needs are for each area before these plans can move forward. It helps to understand the history of an area.”

The presentation will help to provide information about the Bardstown Road Streetscape Plan which is set for January 15th at Brooklawn in the Trinity Room, 2125 Goldsmith Lane. The presentation will begin at 10:00am and last until 11:30am.

“It is important that we hear from the public before this important infrastructure project gets underway,” says Ackerson. “We will be talking about ways to enhance the beauty and accessibility of yet another special area of Metro Louisville.”

The Center for Neighborhoods is coordinating both the history presentation this weekend as well as the workshop in January. For more information about the meetings call the Center at 502-589-0343.

Jim King (D) 10
Brent T. Ackerson (D) 26
Tom Owen (D) 8