LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The Louisville metro board decided Thursday night on the future of a downtown building that has been the subject of much debate in the community.
The Odd Fellows Building, located at the corner of Third Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard, was built in the late 1800s and recently received a Historic Landmark designation by the Landmarks Commission.
But on Thursday night, the metro council voted to remove the building’s historic monument designation, allowing its owner, the Omni Hotel, to move forward with its demolition.
The Omni said the land will be reallocated, but has yet to come up with anything.
Members of the Louisville Historic League and others mobilized to save the downtown building.
“The city wants to spend more than 400,000 taxpayer dollars to demolish this magnificent building and create another vacant lot in downtown Louisville,” Steve Wiser, president of the Louisville Historical League, which opposes the demolition.
Wiser and several other members of the community said the dismantling of the building was unwarranted, given the already empty land next to the building, which is also owned by Omni.
Some board members argued that it was not worth saving, in part because the Odd Fellows organization was also set to fall apart.
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