Vacant Properties—Nuisance or Serious Threat?

Have you noticed any empty or underutilized homes or businesses in Irish Hill? Does it bother you to see property that is not receiving any love despite so much potential? The Irish Hill Neighborhood Association (IHNA) is on a mission to identify threatened properties in the neighborhood and promote their reuse as owned and/or occupied homes and businesses. Threatened properties are defined as underused, empty, abandoned, in disrepair or a public nuisance.

 

As a first step, we’d like to identify which properties are threatened and why. We hope to continue with developing a website to promote their repair as well as promote Irish Hill as a great place to live and work. We want to feature some great examples of remodels in the area, properties for sale, a blog for neighbors to contribute their remodeling advice, links to resources, etc.

 

If you know of properties on your block that are abandoned or unoccupied or if you would like to get more involved in the solution, email us at info@irishhillneighbors.org.

 

 

Night at Louisville Slugger Field

20130624 IHNA Night at Louisville Slugger Field

  • PLAY BALL!Irish Hill Neighborhood Association Night at Louisville Slugger FieldJune 24, 2013 (First Pitch at 7:05pm)
    Louisville Bats v Rochester Red Wings

    The IHNA has 50 vouchers for Bats Baseball. Get your voucher at the picnic on June 12th, or send an email to info@irishhillneighbors.org. Let’s get a big crowd together and shout loud when they put our name on the big screen display! Vouchers include admittance to the game.

    Can’t go on June 24? The vouchers can be used on any of these dates: June 24, July 29, August 26
    Vouchers available first come, first served

Picnic in Breslin Park

IRISH HILL NEIGHBORHOOD PICNIC

 

IRISH HILL NEIGHBORHOOD PICNIC

Bring your dinner, meet new friends and enjoy the old…

Breslin Park-Wed., June 12that 5:30pm

 

 

– Bi-Annual Neighborhood Association Mtg. at 6:30 pm

 

– FREE ~ Children’s I.D. Cards will be made with your child’s photo. Provided by the LMPD

– Neighborhood Watch Program ~ learn about our new watch program & how you can join.

Have you seen our new Breslin Park Rain Garden? Our neighbor from the County Ext. Office will be available to answer any questions you may have about Rain Gardens & more.

Major Mark Fox, Commander of LMPD’s 5th. Division will be attending to meet the Irish Hill residents.

– Check out the revamped LMPD Helicopter! Be sure to bring your camera for fun photos…

 

A connected neighborhood is a safer neighborhood!”

Baxter Station Depot Cleaning

Tired of the mess under the Baxter Station Depot? Do you walk or ride your bike under the rail road trestle and wish there wasn’t so much debris? Want to make the “entrance” from downtown to Irish Hill look smashing?

The Irish Hill Neighborhood Association, in partnership with the Mayor’s “Give a Day” initiative, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Brightside, is holding a cleanup on April 20th from 9am until noon. …

We know what you’re thinking … “That’s Thunder day for crying out loud.” Well, yes it is. There will still be plenty of time to join your friends at the Waterfront. We can make it look great, then sit back and enjoy the show, knowing that we did a good job.

Join us and students from SBTS as we clean out brush, pick up trash and make the area as clean as we can. Plenty of trash bags and gloves will be provided. If you have rakes, shovels, brooms and/or loppers, please bring them with you.

Residents and business associates are encouraged to walk to the clean up site. If you are driving, parking is available at Irish Hill Park, Baxter Avenue Baptist Church and at the Bradley Center (entering at the main Home of the Innocents entrance). Street parking not be allowed. If you have any questions, please email us at info@irishhillneighbors.org.   If you park at Baxter Ave Baptist Church and arrive between 8:30am and 9:00am, they will give you coffee & donuts as a way to say Thank You for participating. 

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Irish Hill Still Seeing RED This Fall

Weather permitting, this Monday, Apr. 15, Irish Hill Park will be receiving (5) new trees-  (2) Red Oaks, (2) Red Sunset Maples and (1) Commemoration Sugar Maple which will reach 80 ft, 45 ft and 50 ft, respectively, when they reach full maturity. All should be blazing red this fall! Our new tree canopy will not only be beautiful, but will cleanse the air, provide shelter and shade, and reduce the urban heat-island effect.

Many thanks to all involved in this endeavor:

  • Center for Neighborhoods for the hookup
  • Louisville Metro Tree Advisory Commission member & Seneca Gardens Arborist, Michael Hayman for making it happen
  • Brightside for the $1000 grant
  • Green Ridge Farm in E-town for the 3 ½” caliper trees
  • Greenhaven Tree Care for installation
  • Metro Parks for the excavation and advice

Irish Hill has pledged to help care for our new big babies. We plan to get some tree gator bags to keep them watered this summer and will post a watering schedule. If you can be available once a month or so, to help on a watering, it would help so much. Please send your contact info to info@irishhillneighbors.org.

 

Phoenix Hill Tavern Responds to Neighborhood Concerns

On Wednesday, November 14, 2012, the Irish Hill Neighborhood Association (IHNA) held its November Neighborhood Meeting a week early to help facilitate a discussion between residents of Irish Hill and the owners/management of Phoenix Hill Tavern (PHT).  The meeting was held at Gilda’s Club Louisville

Starting in early October of this year, several comments were made on social media about criminal activity that people believed was stemming from patrons of PHT. Ben Rogers and the management of PHT quickly suggested a meeting to address these concerns and IHNA agreed.

Rogers spoke to three areas: Inside the Club, Outside the Club and Ideas for the Future.

Inside the Club (be it Wednesday night or other special event nights):

  • Off-duty Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers stationed throughout the building. There are currently 4 officers. PHT is increasing to 6 officers. Pat downs and metal detector wands are used on all patrons.
  • ID scanners are used at the front and back door. Each scanner is updated regularly with patrons who are on the “ban list.” Patrons are put on the ban list for a variety of infractions, both criminal and simple misconduct, and are given written notice of their status.
  • There is a cover charge, varying depending on day of the week and time of the evening. “Pass” to go in and out is no longer allowed. Patrons who leave are required to pay again to return, which discourages “in and out” activity.
  • There are 30-35 cameras throughout the facility.
  • There are cameras that record patrons entering the Club. These DVDs are kept on file.
  • DJs are trained with a “last call” speech, which encourages patrons to be good neighbors, not to litter or make loud noises on the way home.
  • Signs are posted at the doors encouraging good behavior.

Outside the Club:

  • A patrol car rides through “the yellow zone,” a 3-block radius around the club, which includes Rogers St., Payne St., and Rubel Ave.
  • Owners, management and staff pick up litter.
  • PHT has repaired damage to property when it has been brought to their attention.

Before Rogers spoke to the Ideas for the Future, one of the off-duty LMPD Officers explained their role at the Club, and then the 5th District LMPD District Recourse Officer (DRO) spoke about LMDP’s presence.

Police Officers:

  • 2 officers at the front door
  • 2 officers at the back door
  • 1 or 2 marked patrol cars, with 2 officers each.
  • The goal of the on-property officers is to get patrons out of the club at closing time.
  • Car patrols continue until the parking lot is mostly empty at closing time.

LMPD’s Presence:

  • The 5th District is broken into 5 different “beats.”
  • There are 2-4 Officers on patrol around each beat.
  • In addition, there are 4 “Flex Officers” in unmarked cruisers patrolling the area, specifically parking lots.
  • Crime reports were reviewed – Crime is statistically down, though it does tend to spike in the winter months.

Ideas for the future:

These ideas were presented as starting points for discussion and are not to be taken as “this is going to happen” at this time.

  • Blocking Rogers St. on both sides of Baxter Ave. to thru traffic during late night hours. Residents would be allowed to come and go, but parking and walking to the Club would be prohibited.
  • Finding more off-street parking, perhaps by working on another phase of a pre-approved master plan that razes a house on the Club’s property and making an additional lot.
  • Work with local government officials and other business owners to build a parking garage. (Other cities with similar “entertainment district” have successfully done this.)
  • Ask LMPD to focus on-duty patrols closer to PHT, especially at closing time.
  • Forward issues to PHT as soon as they come up.

A number of residents from Rogers St. were in attendance. Throughout the night, they presented their concerns and provided examples of being awakened in the middle of the night, of vandalized property and other commotion. Ideas that residents suggested included foot patrols, bringing the Mounted Police back, and leaving porch lights on during the overnight hours.

The meeting was brought to a close after some additional discussions because the building was closing for the night.