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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announces formation of historic preservation task force

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has announced the formation of a new task force he says will oversee how history is preserved in the city of Louisville.

According to a news release, the mayor has established the Historic Preservation Advisory Task Force, in order to "seek to create policies to address preservation planning strategies that anticipate and identify areas where historic preservation and/or adaptive reuse should be identified."

"One of the most basic ways that we honor our history is by preserving the historic architecture and properties in the neighborhoods our citizens call home," Mayor Fischer said, according to the news release. "With the creation of this task force, we as a city will now have a better, proactive way to catalog our historic resources and identify best practices for adaptive reuse."

According to the news release, the task force will consist of Mayor Fischer or his representative, a Metro Council member appointed by the Metro Council president, and no less than 14, and up to 21, citizen members as appointed by Mayor Fischer. Appointees will include developers, Landmarks Commissioners, and representatives from the Kentucky Heritage Council, Louisville Downtown Partnership, Samuel Plato Academy, and the Institute of Healthy Air, Water and Soil.

The task force will be staffed by the city's Historic Preservation Officer and Louisville Forward.

Mayor Fischer's Office says the task force will have four objectives:

1) Defining a system to inventory and prioritize the historic building stock of Louisville.

2) Identifying historic buildings from endangered lists and developing a treatment plan to achieve the best outcomes.

3) Recommending financial or policy incentives that support redevelopment and historic preservation.

4) Suggesting best practices in redevelopment and historic preservation which can inform the Comprehensive Plan update.

"There cannot be a better time to announce this effort to forge new relationships and opportunities between all segments of our community to cherish our past and to embrace the opportunities for our future," said Keith Runyon, co-chair of the Historic Preservation Advisory Task Force, according to the news release. "Mayor Fischer has assembled a strong committee to address these issues, and we can all look forward to the opportunity to expand Louisville's reputation as a model to create a livable, compassionate and healthy city in which to live, work and play."

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