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Councilman David James partners with Old Louisville Neighborhood to enhance the beauty of Central Park

Tuesday January 24, 2012

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

Walkers, joggers and neighbors who use Central Park will notice something new when passing through the park. Councilman David James (D-6) has led an effort to install five new large windows in the Old Louisville Information Center (OLIC), home to the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and various other neighborhood groups.

The effort restores the historic structure to its original look when its archways were first constructed in 1904.

“Anytime we can enhance the beauty of Central Park it helps to maintain the historical significance of Old Louisville.” says James. “I am proud that we have brought more light and life to our neighborhood building and I congratulate the neighborhoods and organizations that worked with me to make this a reality.”

For many decades the building’s five archways have been cemented over, not allowing sunlight to come through into the building. The original design allowed for the building to serve as an open pavilion to the community.

The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council along with several neighborhood associations, other non-profit organizations and civic-minded private companies in Old Louisville collaborated to make the windows a reality. In total, the cost for the windows was approximately $27,500.

“This is a perfect example of groups coming together for a common cause and making a noticeable difference in our community,” said Joan Stewart, Chair of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council. “I couldn’t be happier that this long-time dream has become a reality, and I thank Councilman James for taking the lead to get this done.”

“”This has been a legacy project that all of Old Louisville can cherish,” said Ron Harris, Chair of the OLIC Building Restoration Committee. “This is something real and beautiful that we can leave behind for future generations.”

The following groups were involved in the effort:

- St. James Court Neighborhood Association

- 1300 Neighborhood Association

- 3rd Street Neighborhood Association

- Larry Franklin Law Office

- Kentucky Shakespeare

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

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