IHNA Needs Your Tallents

If you have a few hours to spare, we sure could some help in the following areas.

  • Newsletter Distribution – We have nearly 500 households and business. It’s good exercise.
  • Picnic Planning – We like to have at least 2 kid-friendly events in Breslin Park – one in the summer and one in September for our annual meeting.
  • Tree Planting – We would like to replace some aging street trees and add some new ones.


Welcome to Irish Hill

If you are new to Irish Hill, you’ve made a great choice to live here. Irish Hill is perched on the east edge of downtown Louisville.  Its location makes our neighborhood a key to making Louisville a city in which to “live, work, and play.”  Our neighborhood carries all these qualities:  residences minutes from downtown, places of employment along the edge of downtown, and parks that anchor the ends of the neighborhood. If you have any questions, about amenities, city services, great place to eat or anything, please let us know. Email to info@irishhillneighbors.org.


1201 Payne Street Rezoning Outcome

The Planning Commission has approved the  re-zone of 1201 Payne from R-6 to C-1 . It is expected to be official after Metro Council votes on it, probably late March. After that, the applicants can acquire the permits needed to finish construction. A few things of note:

  1. Luigi Gelsomini is still on board to operate an Italian restaurant at the location.
  2. Operating hours will be 10 -10  Sun. to Thur. & 10 – 12 on Fri.  and Sat.
  3. The owners have secured an offsite parking arrangement for employees behind the volleyball courts.

Looking forward to the opening. Luigi promised some great salads.

Crime Notifications from LMPD

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If you see crime occurring, please contact the Louisville Metro Police Department. Call 911 for emergencies. Call 502-574-7111 for non-emergency related help or to find a towed vehicle. Call 574-LMPD to report crime tips.

Join Your Neighbors and Police Officers for Coffee and Conversation.

No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the men and women who protect and serve you every day.

When– Wednesday February 24

Hours– 10:00 am- 12:00 pm.

Location– Vint Coffee Shop located at 2309 Frankfort Avenue. Louisville Ky.  


Lexington Road Vision Plan

Louisville Metro released a report on recommended changes to Lexington Road.  Please click the link below and review the document.


As always, the Irish Hill Neighborhood Association welcomes your comments and feedback.  (Keep it clean and respectful.) You can post your comments below, or you can email them to info@irishhillneighbors.org and we will pass them along as we move forward with the project.

Follow up meeting for former PHT Site

Edwards Communities is holding another neighborhood meeting regarding the properties along the northwest corner of Baxter and E Broadway and stretching down both roads.  This is similar to the meetings previously held regarding the former Phoenix Hill Tavern site.

While this project is officially part of the Phoenix Hill Neighborhood Association, Edwards Communities recognizes the impact the project will have on the Irish Hill Neighborhood and extends an invitation to IHNA and interested neighbors.  In summary, the meeting will be held on December 15, 2015 at 7:00pm at Highlands Community Campus, 1228 E Breckinridge St.   The attached letter explains the details of the meeting, including parking information and contact phone numbers if there are any additional questions or concerns.

Click here for a copy of the letter –> Neigh Mtg Ltr 12 15 15


Public Notice of Zoning Meeting for 1201 Payne St.

You are invited to attend a review of a proposal for a Change in Zoning from R-6 to C-1 with a Parking Waiver, Land Development Code Waiver and a Detailed District Development Plan.
Subject Property:         1201 Payne Street
Case Number:              15Zone1026
Case Manager:             Christopher Brown
Meeting Type:               Land Development and Transportation Committee
Date:                             Thursday, December 10, 2015
Time:                             Meeting will begin at 1:00pm and continue until all cases are heard
Location:                        Old Jail Building, 514 W. Liberty Street 40202
To View Documents related to this proposal, please visit:
Louisville Metro Planning and Design Services (Hours 8:00am – 5:00pm)
444 S. 5th Street, 3rd Floor, Louisville, KY 40202
 – Meeting agenda and staff report
– More information on zoning process
-Public comment opportunities
-Applications for a petition for a night hearing, including procedures to change the time and/or location of a public hearing to 6:00pm or later downtown. or to a convenient location
A list of persons notified of this proposal is available in the case file.
A person who desire special accommodations should contact the Planning Commission office at (502) 574-6230 at least one week prior to this meeting. TDD users please use the Relay Service 1-800-648-6056.

Update for 1201 Payne St

**1201 Payne UPDATE**

Greeting IH Neighbors,

Owners of 1201 Payne St want to expand the kitchen to the rear building for a proposed restaurant. To expand the property in this way, they will have to apply for C-1 zoning as they communicated in the recent public meeting at d’Orio’s. In response to neighbors’ requests, they have agreed to add several binding elements to their zoning application.

  1. Restrict future C-1 use to the following: Antiques , Galleries, Bakeries, Barber, Catering kitchen, Clothing, Computer sales, Confectionery, Dwelling (single, two-family, multifamily), Florist, Hardware, Home occupations, Interior Decorating, Music store, Photocopying, Photography shop/studio, Framing, Restaurant, Shoe repair/store, Tailor, Toy/Hobby, Vet.
  2. Restaurant service hours of Sun.-Thurs. 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat. 11am-12pm
  3. Restaurant seating capacity not to exceed 103 persons.

The owners have also asked for C-1 uses as B&Bs, Boarding & lodging, Clubs, Extended stay, Office & Tanning. The IHNA BOD is concerned about these, especially the lodging-type categories, as other neighborhoods have had issues with lack of regulation in this area. We also would recommend including other binding elements in their application such as limited lighting, signage, and offsite parking arrangements for employees to free up more street spots for residents.

Let us know what you think. Comment below and let us know what you think, or email us at info@irishhillneighbors.org.   (Comments are monitored and will not be posted if inflammatory, profane or off-topic.)

For a background on binding elements or the zoning process see louisvilleky.gov/governm…/planning-design/citizen-user-guide.
For a full list of Commercial Zoning District uses see louisvilleky.gov/gove…/planning-design/land-development-code.


Public Meeting scheduled for property at 1201 Payne St

The IHNA was sent a letter of a public notice regarding the property at 1201 Payne St (formerly Baxter Station). Below is the information about THEIR meeting. If you are an interested party and want to attend the meeting, here is the information from the property’s representative
Cardinal Planning & Design, Inc.
9009 Preston Highway
Louisville, KY 40219
(502) 419-4648 Fax: (502) 968-7077

TO: Landowners near 1201 Payne Street- Proposed Ciao restaurant
FROM: Kathryn Matheny
RE: NOTICE for Neighborhood Meeting on Proposed Zoning Change

Change is from R6 to C1 Case no. 15Zone1026

DATE: September 11, 2015

A proposal to rezone the property containing a former restaurant is being prepared for the Louisville Metro Planning Commission. The rezoning is to allow this restaurant to reopen under new ownership. Internal conversions to the building and an expansion into a former storage area do not allow this building to have “non-conforming” or “grandfather rights’ to continue operations. This existing structure will have cosmetic improvements to the outside with a more open look in the front and side street area along Cooper Street. The building will not expand and there is NO outdoor dining. Parking will continue along the street as it was for the former restaurant. A Parking study was performed in August to determine available street parking in the area at the lunch and dinner hours.

In accordance with the procedures of Louisville Metro Planning and Design Services, we are inviting adjoining and nearby property owners and neighborhood representatives to discuss this proposal before it is formally filed with that agency. The site layout has already been submitted to Louisville Metro Public Works and the Metropolitan Sewer District for review and comments. An informal meeting with the neighborhood to discuss this plan is scheduled for WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2015 at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held at DIORIOS RESTAURANT located at 919 Baxter Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204. A copy of the proposed site plan layout will be available for you to review.

At the meeting, representatives of the project will be present and answer any questions you have on the plan. You may also call me, Kathy Matheny at 502 419-4648 if you have questions about this proposal prior to the meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to address any questions you have early in the process. We encourage you to attend the meeting if you have any concerns. After this meeting, the plan will be formally submitted for review by the Metro Planning Commission and its staff. You will also receive additional notices on these latter meetings.

2015-08 Summer Newsletter

During this Labor Day weekend, volunteers will be hand delivering the Summer Newsletter.  If you don’t live in the neighborhood and want to see what is happening, you can see or download a copy by clicking  this link:

2015-08 2015 Summer Newsletter.

Here’s is a summary of what you find inside your newsletter.

  • September Neighborhood Meeting featuring guest speaker Cindy Sullivan
  • Call for Board Members
  • Updates to the Website
  • What’s happening on Lexington Rd
  • Current status on the 1201 Payne St. Property
  • News from Breckinridge-Franklin Elementary School
  • And how you can become a member of Irish Hill

Have a safe weekend!