preservation http://wfpl.org en As Ground is Broken, River Fields Continues Bridges Fight http://wfpl.org/post/ground-broken-river-fields-continues-bridges-fight <p>Officials from Kentucky, Indiana and the federal government are celebrating what they call the start of construction on the long-planned Ohio River Bridges Project. But a preservation group will continue its fight against a portion of the plan.</p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 16:57:34 +0000 Gabe Bullard 1502 at http://wfpl.org As Ground is Broken, River Fields Continues Bridges Fight Preservationist Group Requests Fischer Veto Landmarks Ordinance http://wfpl.org/post/preservationist-group-requests-fischer-veto-landmarks-ordinance <p>A preservationist group is requesting Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer veto a controversial ordinance that allows the Metro Council to overturn a decision made by the Landmarks Commission.</p><p>After months of debate, the <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/council-passes-long-debated-landmarks-ordinance">council passed the bill by a 16-7 vote last Thursday</a> that changes the city&rsquo;s longstanding process to declare historic sites. Introduced by Councilman David Yates, D-25, who said the commission lacked oversight, lawmakers made a number of changes including a provision that allows a majority of council members to challenge a Landmarks Commission decision and begin a review process.</p><p>Attorney Steve Porter is representing the preservationist group OPEN Louisville, which drafted a letter to Fischer asking him to reject the ordinance.</p><p>He says the council is violating the state constitution and encroaching upon the mayor&rsquo;s authority.</p><p>&quot;If this passes and goes into affect without a veto, landmarks is the only local agency that can be overruled by the Metro Council. And I think this is in violation of the Kentucky revised statuette, which set up a separation executive and legislative power,&quot; he says.</p><p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 18:01:15 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1163 at http://wfpl.org Metro Council Will Vote on Changes to Historic Landmarks Designation http://wfpl.org/post/metro-council-will-vote-changes-historic-landmarks-designation <p>Should the fate of historic buildings be decided by the city in general, or just those people who live nearby? That&#39;s the question at hand for the Metro Council&#39;s&nbsp;Planning and Zoning Committee, and they will vote on it this Tuesday. Under the current system, it takes 200 signatures on a petition to get a building declared a historic landmark. The proposed changes would require that 101 of those signatures come from within one mile of the structure, or within the same Council District.</p> Sat, 14 Jul 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Ellis 1006 at http://wfpl.org Jeffersonville, Clarksville Sites Listed as Endangered http://wfpl.org/post/jeffersonville-clarksville-sites-listed-endangered <p>&nbsp;</p><p>Two southern Indiana landmarks have been put on a state preservation group&rsquo;s 10 most endangered landmarks list this year.</p><p>They include Jeffersonville&rsquo;s Masonic Temple (pictured) overlooking Spring Street near Warder Park. The deteriorating structure was built by Jeffersonville native Arthur Loomis and includes carved Masonic symbols in the limestone structure.</p> Sun, 29 Apr 2012 14:09:56 +0000 Devin Katayama 74 at http://wfpl.org Jeffersonville, Clarksville Sites Listed as Endangered