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Landmarks commission allows demo of buildings for downtown Louisville apartment project

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A 7-story upscale apartment building proposed for downtown Louisville took another step forward Thursday when the Louisville Metro Historic Landmarks Commission endorsed an earlier decision by the Butchertown Architectural Review Committee to allow for the demolition of three old buildings on the site at Main and Clay streets.

The landmarks commission denied an appeal of the Butchertown panel's Dec. 10 decision to allow the demolition of the buildings. The appeal was filed by a preservation group called Open Louisville, led by land use attorney Steve Porter.

Porter did not object to the denial of the appeal on Thursday. He said his group was satisfied with new information presented by the developer, Bristol Development of Nashville, Tenn., attesting to economic feasibility of renovating the buildings and incorporating them into the project instead of tearing them down.

Porter told the landmarks commission that his group's appeal succeeded simply by forcing some consideration of preserving the buildings, whereas the Butchertown panel had “no discussion” of that before approving the plan in December.

Previously, “there was not enough information to make a valid decision on this,” Porter told the landmarks commission.

The $48 million apartment project has one hurdle remaining: the Metro Council's approval of a property tax rebate worth $4.4 million over 20 years from Metro government.

The tax incentive, endorsed by Mayor Greg Fischer's economic development staff and Council President David Tandy, goes to the council's Labor and Economic Development Committee on Wednesday.

Construction could begin as soon as August, Bristol executive Charles Carlisle said.

The one- and two-bedroom apartments will rent for an average of about $1,500 a month. 

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