Colonial Gardens http://wfpl.org en Developer Ready to Rejuvenate Crumbling Colonial Gardens Property http://wfpl.org/post/developer-ready-rejuvenate-crumbling-colonial-gardens-property <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Officials with a local development company say they’re eager to get started with the </span>revitalizaton<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of the historic Colonial Gardens property in south Louisville. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:38:10 +0000 Rick Howlett 9151 at http://wfpl.org Developer Ready to Rejuvenate Crumbling Colonial Gardens Property Louisville Metro Council Approves City Purchasing Colonial Gardens http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-metro-council-approves-city-purchasing-colonial-gardens <p>The Louisville Metro Council approved an ordinance that will allow the city to purchase the Colonial Gardens property by a 16-3 vote.</p><p>Mayor Greg <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/mayor-greg-fischer-proposes-buying-colonial-gardens-boost-south-end">Fischer asked lawmakers in April to allocate $430,000</a> to buy the historic South End property, which was the site of Louisville's first zoo and is now owned by an out-of-state trust.</p><p>For over a decade the structure has been idle and vacant, due in part to its out-of-state owners and historic preservation status.</p><p>City lawmakers were initially hesitant about the idea, and sought more information about the viability for private development. But its easy passage means the mayor can now move forward and sell Colonial Gardens to a developer.</p><p>"When running for office I promised my constituents I would work to develop the property. I am appreciative of the mayor and his economic development team for being such great partners as we continue to improve south Louisville together," says Councilman David Yates, D-25, who supported the ordinance. "While it has been a bumpy road we are very excited about the commitment to this shared goal." Fri, 07 Jun 2013 00:24:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5681 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Metro Council Approves City Purchasing Colonial Gardens Johnson Accused of Trying to Buy Colonial Gardens as City Funds Economic Study http://wfpl.org/post/johnson-accused-trying-buy-colonial-gardens-city-funds-economic-study <p>Louisville Metro Councilman David Yates, D-25, is raising ethics concerns about allegations that fellow Councilman Dan Johnson, D-21, made an offer to buy the historic Colonial Gardens property in the midst of a city funded feasibility study.</p><p>The council spent $14,000 to study the economic viability of the Iroquois Park corridor&mdash;the southwest Louisville neighborhood that contains the property. Five council members, including Johnson and Yates, contributed to the grant from their Neighborhood Development Funds for the non-profit Southwest Dream Team to commission the feasibility study.</p><p>In a July 23 letter to Johnson and the county attorney, Yates says constituents have told him that Johnson, who is a real estate agent, is seeking to buy the property and profit from any redevelopment projects.</p><p>&quot;My concern lies with the possible ethical implications of what may appear to be an attempt by you as an elected official to profit from the purchase of said property. Let me be clear, I do not have firsthand knowledge, other than your statement, of any wrong doing; nor am I making any allegations that you acted with malice.&quot;</p><p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 22:08:29 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1189 at http://wfpl.org Johnson Accused of Trying to Buy Colonial Gardens as City Funds Economic Study