District 12 eNewsletter - November 7, 2018

District 12
Rick Blackwell

Councilman Rick Blackwell
601 West Jefferson Street
(502) 574-1112
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Liz McQuillen
Legislative Aide
(502) 574-1112
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In this edition...

Colonial Gardens Update

Colonial Garden Update

Monday was full of exciting announcements about the Colonial Gardens redevelopment project! Construction is right on schedule, so you can expect a grand opening in the spring of 2019. This $5 million project is sure to be a source of pride for our south Louisville community. 

The original, historic colonial gardens building is being restored and converted into a restaurant while three new restaurant structures are being constructed. All four are going to be locally owned and share a common outdoor beer garden in the center.  

Stay tuned! The restaurants will be announced sometime in January. If you have any questions regarding this new project, please call the District 12 office (502) 574-1112.

Buy a Brick of Colonial Gardens

Colonial Gardens
Colonial Gardens

Louisville Veteran's Parade - Friday, November 9

Veterans Parade

After a hiatus of approximately 60 years, Louisville’s Veterans Day Parade started on Veterans Day, November 11, 2011, as a commemoration of the date – the 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th year, a coincidence that would not occur for another one hundred years.

Since then the Parade and Massing of the Colors Ceremony has grown to include approximately 80 units, special displays and related events, all to honor American veterans from all wars, active duty members of the Armed Services and their families.

This year’s parade (FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9) will start at 11:00 A.M., the hour that the cease fire took effect to end WWI on November 11, on the day that became known first as Armistice Day and now as Veterans Day.

WHEN: Friday, November 9 at 11 a.m.

WHERE: The parade will step off at 7th and Jefferson and head east past Metro Hall and disperse at 4th and Jefferson. 

District Dialogue - NEXT Tuesday, November 13

District Dialogue

Councilman Blackwell will host the next District 12 Dialogue on Tuesday, November 13th.

He hosts the quarterly District 12 Dialogue forums as a way to make Metro Government more convenient and accessible for the constituents of District 12.

Councilman Blackwell will provide an update on Southwest projects. Representatives from LMPD, MSD, Code Enforcement, and a member of the New Dixie project will be in attendance to address specific concerns.

We hope to see you there so you can stay updated on the positive momentum in Southwest Louisville.

 When: Tuesday, November 13th at 6:00 PM

Where: Southwest Government Center, 7219 Dixie Highway

Contact the District 12 Office at 502.574.1112 or liz.mcquillen@louisvilleky.gov for more information.

Metro Animal Services' Pets of the Week: Rob and Derby!

Rob the dog


Rob is one handsome Labrador Retriever who looks younger than his age of 8 years old! It’s National Senior Pet Month, so Rob is representing all of the homeless seniors in the LMAS Shelter, waiting for a new forever home. Rob is a happy-go-lucky, friendly guy who doesn’t mind posing for photos. He’s very sweet and playful. Rob appears to knows basic commands and be housetrained. His adoption fee is waived thanks to the Pay It Forward Free Adoptions Program. Meet Rob at Animal House Adoption Center located at 3516 Newburg Road, Tuesday-Sunday from 12-6pm. Questions? Email LMAS at animalservicesadoption@louisvilleky.gov or call 502-473-PETS.



Handsome Derby is willing to work for food and a warm, safe place to sleep. The approximately 10-month-old Snowshoe is a working cat that has spent most his young life outside, and likes having the freedom to roam. His ideal home would be in a barn, firehouse or warehouse, where he’d earn his keep defending the property from mice and other rodents. Derby’s adoption fee is waived for an approved adopter thanks to the Pay It Forward Program. He’s already neutered, microchipped and up-to-date on vaccinations. To meet Derby, visit Animal House Adoption Center located at 3516 Newburg Road, Tuesday-Sunday from 12-6pm. For more info about Derby or other barn cats available for adoption, email animalservicesadoption@louisvillek.gov or call 502-473-PETS.

LMPD Forum on Security for Houses of Faith - November 8th

 In response to recent hate crime nationally and an attempted break-in at a Jeffersontown church, LMPD is hosting a forum to help faith leaders in Louisville work through concerns about security at their places of worship.

WHEN: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6 pm - 9 pm

Location: 2911 Taylor Blvd., LMPD Training Unit, 2nd Floor

RSVP's Required

Contact Lt. Colonel LaVita Chavous at lavita.chavous@louisvilleky.gov or 502.744.1702.

FREE TREE Giveaway - November 10th

Free Trees

Brightside Community-Wide Planting Day - November 10th

Planting Day

Low Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinic - November 10th

November Rabies Clinic

Riverport Job Fair - November 14th

Riverport Job Fair

PRP Fire Open House - November 17th

Fire Open House

2018 Neighborhood Summit - November 17th - Registration Open

2018 Neighborhood Summit

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

VITA Volunteers

Leaf Drop Off Sites Open November 6


Louisville Metro residents not mulching autumn leaves into their lawns or using curbside collection will have the option to dispose of them at one of three drop-off sites beginning November 6.

Metro Public Works is offering a free leaf drop-off service November 6 through December 1. Drop-off will not be available on November 22 and 23 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Only loose leaves will be accepted. Containers used to bring leaves to the drop-off sites must be disposed of off-site by residents.

Leaf drop off sites:

Public Works Yard

10500 Lower River Road (enter from Bethany Lane)

Tuesday – Saturday

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Public Works East District Operations Center

595 Hubbards Lane

Tuesday – Saturday

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

ABC License Application - 7429 Terry Road

The owners of 7429 Terry Road declared their intention to apply for NQ Retail Malt Beverage Package License and Quota Retail Package License.  

Any person, association, corporation, or body politic may protest the granting of the license(s) by
writing the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, 1003 Twilight Trail, Frankfort, Ky. 40601-8400, within 30 days of the date of the advertisement (October 31, 2018). 

Some of the reasons for refusal of a license as stated in KRS 243.450 are:

  • Premise does not comply fully with all alcoholic beverage control statutes and regulations of
    the board.
  • The applicant or the premises does not comply with all regulations of a city administrator.
  • The applicant has done an act for which a revocation of license would be authorized.
  • The applicant has made any false material statement in his application.
  • Other factors include public sentiment in the area, number of licensed outlets in the area,
    potential for future growth, type of area involved, type of transportation available and financial
    potential of the area.

Wellspring Housing Vouchers Available


New Federal Dollars Available to House Louisville’s Most Vulnerable Citizens

Wellspring is pleased to partner with Louisville Metro Housing Authority (LMHA) in the rollout of newly available federal funds through the HUD 811 Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program. The vouchers provide new subsidies for Affordable Housing to people at-risk of homelessness or institutionalization. 

The Program provides funding to housing agencies to assist non-elderly people with disabilities who are:

  • transitioning out of institutional or other separated settings
  • at serious risk of institutionalization
  • homeless
  • at-risk of becoming homeless.

Wellspring will provide case management and peer support as needed to eligible participants. Wellspring also offers Crisis Stabilization Programs, extensive Supportive Housing, an Affordable Housing Program and a Supportive Employment Program that helps clients find meaningful employment. These programs support clients along their individual paths to recovery. Wellspring facilitates community integration by reducing stigma and strengthening personal and neighborhood connections.

To apply for Affordable Housing if there is a diagnosis of serious mental illness, contact Sara Brewer at 502.637.4361.

2020 Census Jobs - Apply Online

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Nominate a Beautiful Business!


Great things are happening in Southwest Louisville! The New Dixie Highway Project is underway and we are getting the word out that southwest Louisville is a great place to do business. With all of this positive momentum, it’s important that residents and businesses alike embrace our community pride by doing our part to keep our sidewalks, streets, and landscaping looking fresh and litter-free.

Please help us recognize outstanding businesses located in District 12 that contribute to our Southwest Pride by keeping their properties neat, attractive and clean. We are looking for businesses dedicated to maintaining a positive image in the community and are committed to keeping their property free of trash and cigarette butts.  

If you see a beautiful business front that gives Southwest Louisville a good name, please take a picture and contact Liz McQuillen at (502) 574-1112 or liz.mcquillen@louisvilleky.gov

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Road Alerts & Updates


Below is a list of projects overseen by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet happening in Southwest Louisville.

US 31W (Dixie Highway): Lane closures and sidewalk closures in place between Greenwood Road and Crums Lane (mile markers 11.7 to 15.3) due to construction for access management and bus rapid transit lines. Roadway is reduced to two lanes on southbound Dixie Highway between Blanton Lane and Greenwood Road and on northbound Dixie Highway between Upper Hunters Trace and Heaton Road. Beginning Saturday, Oct. 27 Dixie Highway will be reduced to one lane southbound and two lanes northbound between Herbert Avenue and Crums Lane.

Log on to goky.ky.gov for the latest in statewide traffic and travel information in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

District 12 Metro Public Works Updates


The following is a list of permits and notices from Louisville Metro public works for lane and sidewalk closures, utility cuts, street closures and oversize load notices in the Metro area. 

6300 Buckskin Pl. - LG&E has been issued Permit Number 18RW5485 to close one driving lane in order to preform a gas service replacement. Permit is valid from October 19th to November 16th.

1606 Dawn Dr - LG&E has been issued Permit Number 18RW5552 to close driving lanes in order to frame poles. Permit is valid from October 26th to November 23rd.

7520 Distribution Dr. - The Louisville Water Company has been issued Permit Number 18RW5659 to close one driving lane in order to disconnect service. Permit is valid from October 24th to November 7th.

10611 Freeport Dr. - LG&E has been issued Permit Number 18RW5646 to close driving lanes in order to install gas service. Permit is valid from November 1st to November 29th.

For more details or to see additional permitted work throughout Metro Louisville, visit the map here.

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