Neighbors want changes to parts of Bardstown Road - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Neighbors want changes to parts of Bardstown Road

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The Bon Air Neighborhood Association met Thursday night to discuss efforts to improve a stretch of Bardstown Road near the Watterson Expressway.

"Just passion for understating that a neighborhood, you know, we can't live in a vacuum," said neighborhood association president Evelyn Decuir. "If we do, then things begin to just not thrive."

Decuir says that, for years, the neighborhood association has worked with nearby groups and agencies to try and clean up the section of Bardstown Road, from the Watterson Expressway to Hikes Lane. Progress has been slow, neighborhood leaders said, but their hope is that more awareness will help their efforts.

"I'd love to see this part of the corridor become what it once was," said Decuir.

One of the issues over the years has been the Economy Inn on Bardstown Road. There have been numerous issues with the hotel, from reported meth labs to accused child abuse situations. Some neighbors living on the back side of the property even built a tall fence to keep a barrier between their homes and the hotel. Louisville Metro Police are also aware that the Economy Inn is a problem.

"There were 2,900 runs there for police, fire and EMS from Aug. 2012 to 2014 at the Economy Inn,” said Major Lavita Chavous with LMPD's sixth division.

Over that two-year stretch, LMPD says it was averaging nearly four calls every day at the Economy Inn. It even went so far as to classify the hotel and area surrounding it a crime "hot spot." Following that designation, LMPD increased patrols in the area. With that extra attention, police say they saw a decrease in violent crime.

"Our neighborhood is not out to get rid of the Economy Inn," said Decuir. "We really look at the Economy Inn as a neighbor who needs our help."

Also a point of discussion at Thursday's meeting was the old Showcase Cinemas property along Bardstown Road. It was recently purchased for just over $3 million, but there are still no concrete plans to do anything with the expansive property. Neighbors would like to see the property turned into something that will add an economic benefit to the corridor.

"We don't really know," said Decuir, "It's probably not going to be a park. It needs to be something that makes an economic contribution to the area."

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