Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Summer Festival at Riverview Park this Sunday

Load up the car and get out to Riverview Park this Sunday, July 24th, for the first Summer Festival at the newly renovated park. The Summer Festival begins 3 PM and ends at 7:30 PM. My friends at The Local Weekly say to bring your lawn chairs, blankets, snacks, and don't forget the swimsuits for the kids because the sprayground is open.

Music from The Monarchs and 31W. Food and drinks available from Mike Linnigs, Roosters and Budweiser will be available. For more information call 574-1112 or click HERE to watch the promotional video.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Events, news and another flea market update

- You are needed at this Saturday's "Listening Session" – Tell Us What You Want for New Cut Road/Taylor Boulevard Corridor event. The event on July 23rd is an open listening session for the New Cut Road / Taylor Boulevard Corridor. The meeting is from 9AM to 12 Noon at St. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital's community room. This is a citizen-driven effort to hear from residents and get ideas, opinions, and help to determine how to best utilize and develop this key southwest area.

- Dixie Valley Flea Market saga continues: I spoke with David Puchi, Managing Partner at Baceline Investments LLC about the opening of the Vendors' Village in the former Kroger space. Mr. Puchi said he had read the commentary posted here on the Valley Report and at Insider Louisville and browsed the comments made by readers. Puchi assured me he understands our concerns. He also said, in no uncertain terms, that the flea market would not remain as a permanent, long-term tenant in the center and that he and his team were involved in "intense negotiations" over the deal.

We need no further evidence to see that citizen involvement works. Thank you to all who contributed to the discussion and especially those who took the time to contact the company. I'm hopefully optimistic that Baceline will follow through on it's word to bring in quality tenants. Perhaps someday soon we can say "we won a big one".

- Councilman David Yates (D-25) has secured funding for the Dixie Highway Corridor Plan. The new budget will include $52,000 to extend the Dixie Highway Corridor Plan through District 25, a $125,000 total project investment. Together with Districts 12 and 3, the purpose of the plan is to develop a unifying, but distinct character for the corridor while creating a safe and functioning roadway. In addition, the plan promotes the pedestrian environment, the strategic economic development goals through appropriate land use planning guidelines, access management, and environmental enhancements. This project establishes a sound, “complete streets” corridor to improve and unify the overall character of the corridor.