Pleasant Ridge Neighborhood Association protests Louisville City FC chairman
Neighbors say Louisville City FC Chairman John Neace is trying to force them out of their homes in Charlestown, Indiana.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Nearly two dozen people gathered outside the Louisville City FC game Saturday night to protest against the chairman and president of the team.
The president of the Pleasant Ridge Neighborhood Association, Josh Craven, says Louisville City FC Chairman John Neace is trying to force them out of their homes in Charlestown, Indiana.
“He is intentionally trying to drive our property values down, intentionally, in order to purchase our homes at a cheaper rate,” Craven said.
Neace is accused of purchasing homes in the area and boarding them up to reduce home values. Residents say he wants to acquire their homes through eminent domain to build a new subdivision.
The Institute for Justice is suing Neace on behalf of the residents.
“The lawns aren’t mowed. They put plywood on the windows and door and so like they look really bad,” Dora Cornett, a protester and resident, said.
The protesters are asking city leaders to not back a plan for Louisville to give $30 million toward a new stadium project in Butchertown.
They say Louisville residents should not trust Neace with their tax money and are demanding changes be made in their southern Indiana neighborhood.
“We would like for him to take the properties that he owns and either demolish them like he had said or rehab them. Do not leave them in such deplorable conditions,” Craven said.
WDRB reached out to John Neace for comment and have not received a response.
- Pleasant Ridge residents ask judge to stop 'illegal' fines imposed by city of Charlestown
- Pleasant Ridge residents say developer isn't improving Charlestown neighborhood fast enough
- Court documents allege secret plans between Charlestown officials and private developer to demolish Pleasant Ridge
- Dozens forced out of Pleasant Ridge homes as city of Charlestown plans for redevelopment
- Charlestown neighbors fighting to save homes from developer
- As Charlestown works on redevelopment plan for Pleasant Ridge, residents say they're being forced out
- Charlestown woman takes Pleasant Ridge community right to Washington, DC
Copyright 2017 WDRB Media. All rights reserved.