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Mayoral Debate

LDMD Sponsors Mayoral Debate on Downtown Issues

You are invited to a Mayoral Debate on Downtown Issues
Sponsored by the Louisville Downtown Management District
Tuesday, February 16, Noon to 1:30pm
Conference Theatre of the Kentucky International Convention Center.
(Please enter at the northeast corner of 3rd and Jefferson)

Seating is limited to 175 persons and we anticipate a full house, so reservations are suggested by calling 583-1671 by no later than 4pm, Friday, February 12.

From our Chamber ("GLI") regarding Bridges

Bridges Update: Finance and Construction
In his budget address last week, Governor Beshear announced an additional $100 million in federal highway funds for the Ohio River Bridges Project. This funding is in addition to the $231 million in bonds already authorized for the project. The project, including construction of two new bridges and a redesign of Spaghetti Junction downtown, is the region's most pressing infrastructure need and a critical component of future job growth and investment in the region.
Another important milestone in project financing will take place early next month, when the Indiana-Kentucky Bi-State Authority meets for the first time on February 2. The 14-member authority, which includes industry and community representatives from both sides of the river, will develop a long-term financing and construction plan for the project.
Meanwhile, project advancements continue. Kentucky is buying land for the project and Indiana is completing preliminary design for the East End bridge approach, including a new interchange estimated to save the project $66 million while improving safety and traffic flow. For more information, visit www.TheBridgesCoalition.com and www.KYINBridges.com.

Oregonian newspaper column refers to 8664

Chicago urban planning blogger, Aaron Renn wrote a guest column for Portland's newspaper and uses 8664 as an example of the city's planning impact on other areas across the country. Read Picture Perfect Portland?

Renn's blog, the Urbanophile covered Louisville's Bridges issue back in June of 2009. Louisville: The case for 8664

ORBP land acquisition begins in earnest!

Since Governor Beshear approved the sale of $100 Million in GARVEE bonds, (Note: He's authorized to approve another $131 Million.) Kentucky appears to be moving forward with significant land acquisitions. Early reports were that nearly all of the planned purchases were in the east end, the exception being the Baer Fabrics building. However, the article in today's paper said that there's been $40 Million set aside for land acquisitions downtown.

We will keep you posted if there are any plans to raze the building. Louisville clearly needs to pay more attention to preserving our built environment. Look no further than D&W Silks to see what happens when we don't actively promote historic preservation.

This from the Bridges Project's press release:

"This week, we're contacting all residential property owners in Kentucky, plus the owners of some major parcels in downtown Louisville," according to Gary Valentine, project manager for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC). "We want to buy as much property as we can in the coming months."

"We've gotten a head start on right-of-way acquisition by purchasing about one-third of the East End parcels that require relocation," said Valentine. "We also made a strategic decision to buy the Baer Fabrics building when the company went out of business. Now we're moving forward with the rest of our right-of-way plans in Kentucky. For the residential owners, the next step is to have their properties appraised then we'll make offers. In the downtown area, we'll move forward on some major parcels."

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