Thursday, October 16, 2014

This is HUGE!

A large group crowded along the McHenry Street side of the former cotton mill as Underhill Associates broke ground on the Germantown Mill Lofts on Tuesday.  Among those who watched the Underhill's, Booker's, and their associates as they shoveled dirt from a box with gold shovels were community residents, local business owners, news crews and reporters, and local bigwigs, such as Metro Council President and District 10 Councilman Jim King.

The 184 units will range in price from about $700 (one bedroom) to $1,200 (two bedroom).  The lofts will feature high ceilings, granite countertops, energy efficient stainless steel appliances, original hardwood floors, exposed duct work, and large windows.  The large, arched windows are a major part of the renovation, carrying a three million dollar price tag on the project alone.

Instead of blocking out the railroad that runs alongside the mill, they are going to embrace it.  Four cabooses will run parallel to the tracks and offer additional rental space, whether for efficiency apartments or small offices.

Germantown Mill Lofts will have patios, ample green space, recreational sports courts (such as bocce ball), and even a swimming pool.  While they haven't signed any contracts or made any solid plans, they are hoping to attract a coffee house/mircobrewery, a cafe/breakfast eatery, and a wine cellar restaurant.  Suggestions from the neighborhood are encouraged for what commercial businesses they would like to see in the space (Have a great idea? Post it in the comments!).

A 3D rendering of the finished project.

The Underhill's have been very conscious of the neighborhood and how they can work with the community to make GML benefit everyone, not just their tenants.  The property will not have a fence around it.  There will be community meeting space in the building.  The gym and pool will offer memberships to anyone.   The retail and restaurant space on the ground floor will be open to the public.

Sure, the project is huge in the fact that it's a colossal building sitting on eight acres, but it's also huge in terms of the economic impact it will have on the area.  More local businesses will come, more visitors will seek out the area, and the influx of new residents will invest in new AND old businesses in the area.

All of this development also benefits greater Germantown's infrastructure.  While new businesses help transform the streetscape, city and neighborhood leaders can put greater emphasis on walkability improvements, traffic calming, and enhanced green space, such as along as Goss Avenue.

From L to R: Todd Underhill, Mike Morris, Jeff Underhill, Colin Underhill
Remember the Goss Avenue Beautification Project?  The Underhill's are excited to help bring it to life; they're even moving their corporate offices to the old PVA building on Goss Avenue in November.  Jeff Underhill donated $250 to the Three Points Project that caps Goss Avenue to the West.  The owners of The Post credit GML for helping them secure a loan for their forthcoming pizzeria on Goss Avenue.

“We hope that this project will prove to be a vital catalyst for reinvestment in the area, complementing and encouraging other efforts in the area, including beautification of the Goss Avenue commercial corridor,” said Todd Underhill in a statement on their website.

Click the links below for additional information on the Germantown Mill Lofts and the groundbreaking ceremony:

Germantown Mill Lofts website

Groundbreaking for the Germantown Mill Lofts - WAVE 3

Planners hope Germantown Mill Lofts project will spur additional development - Louisville Business First

Friday, October 10, 2014

Powered by the sun: Solar energy in Schnitzelburg

The Louisville Solar Tour is tomorrow, from 10AM to 3PM, and of the thirty-five participating locations this year, three are in our fair neighborhood! It doesn't look to be a promising day for generating solar power, alas, or even for visiting places where solar power is generated, but nonetheless, tomorrow is the day when local Louisville establishments using the sun will be welcoming you to show off their installations and answer questions. Hope you can come by to see some of the participating locations, particularly in our neighborhood. The full list of participants is on the 2014 Louisville Solar Tour website, but below, a brief description of our own local-neighborhood favorites.
Donald Feeney, at 1446 Hickory Street has the neighborhood's oldest and most visible installation, dating from 2008. Located just across the street from Check's Cafe, his home has a 2.6kW, 12-panel array mounted on the front of the house, powering not only his home needs but also his Nissan Leaf.
Amy Waters and Dustin Strong, at 1300 Lydia Street, have had their 14-panel, 3.71kW system since 2013. It's in the back of their home on the corner of Eastern and Lydia, so it's easy to miss unless you're looking at the house from behind.
Jake Wildstrom (who also, uh, authored this post, and doesn't really refer to himself in the third person as a rule) has his home at 2352 Dorma Avenue, a mere block from the Parkway Village city line. His 20-panel, 5.3-kW system was only installed this past summer. Come for solar power, maybe stay for a cup of tea (nice day for it, no?).
The Louisville Solar Tour is cosponsored by Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light, the Louisville Climate Action Network, the Coalition for the Advancement of Regional Transportation, the Kentucky Solar Energy Society, and the ASES National Solar Tour, with contributory support from Cultivating Connections, the Center for Interfaith Relations, Passionist Earth and Spirit Center, and the Sierra Club.
See y'all tomorrow, low-productivity or high-productivity (a.k.a. rain or shine)!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

October Newsletter!

SACC is back on track with the October newsletter (< click the link)!

If you are a SACC member, present your 2013/14 Membership Card at Oscar's Hardware to get 10% off your order!!  Details in the newsletter.  If you aren't a SACC member - what's holding you back?

There is a ton of stuff happening in the neighborhood this month!  We especially hope to see you at the Dog Jog (and Walk too!) on Saturday, October 4th and at Movie Night in Emerson Park featuring Beetlejuice on Saturday, October 11th.



Also, join Underhill Associates for the groundbreaking on the Germantown Mill Lofts on Tuesday, October 14th.



Don't forget!  If you would like to nominate someone for #1 Citizen, please fill out this form and send it in by October 25th!  



Monday, September 29, 2014

Call for #1 Citizen Nominations!


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS:  The SACC is now accepting your written nominations for the 2014 Schnitzelburg # 1 Citizen.    Each year, members of the community are nominated for this award which honors a person who has provided outstanding service to our community.  This tradition began 48 years ago in celebration of the humble individuals who serve the community without asking for any thanks or recognition.

If you know someone you would like to nominate, please send us a statement and tell us about him or her.   Please remember to include the person’s full name as well as your own contact information so that we may reach you for follow-up.  Send nominations to:

#1 Citizen Nomination Committee
1315 McHenry Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40217

or email them to germantownpast@yahoo.com






Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Three Points, Germantown Mill Lofts, Dog Jog, Beetlejuice, and more!

Apologies for the blog taking a hiatus over the past couple of weeks, but rest assured the progress of Schnitzelburg has not been joining in the hiatus!  SACC has been a bunch of busy bees working on storm drain marking, the August General Meeting, the SACC Community Yard Sale, Shotgun Fest, the Fall Schnitzelburg Walk, and so much more!  There's a lot happening in and around Schnitzelburg, so we'd like to highlight a few exciting upcoming projects and events:

THREE POINTS BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT

The Schnitzelburg Area Community Council is very pleased to be a part of a new beautification project coming to the intersection of Goss Avenue and Logan Streets.

Initially, the concept was solely to paint a mural on the side of the Abell Elevator Company's building.  As time passed and ideas were bounced around, a simple mural snowballed into something bigger.  Painting a beautiful mural and not transforming the surrounding area would be like, as someone said, "putting on a fancy top and not changing the ratty, old jeans you are wearing on the bottom."

Soon, a landscaping proposal was in place, the crumbling (and, in some places, non-existent) sidewalks were being targeted for paving, and we began to look at how the space could better serve the community.  Elements like a bench, trash can, "No Littering" signs, and a metal sculpture were also added.  Becoming more than a mural, the project needed a name.

The red star represents the site of Three Points.

Looking at a map of neighborhoods, we noticed the project is in a unique spot - three neighborhoods connect here: German-Paristown, Schnitzelburg, and Shelby Park.  It was quickly realized that "Three Points" was a fitting name for the project.  The three neighborhood organizations representing these areas (German-Paristown Neighborhood Association, Schnitzelbrurg Area Commuity Council, and Shelby Park Neighborhood Association) have been fully supportive of the project.

As these three neighborhoods are seeing a lot of positive change, from new local businesses to infrastructure improvements to a hot real estate market, Three Points aims to capture that momentum and embrace the pride we share in our unique community.

The sidewalk before and after.
The project has been enthusiastically embrace, which was especially evident by a volunteer clean-up at Three Points on Sunday.  Volunteers worked 5 hours to remove 6 bags of trash, 6 lawn bags full of weeds and other organic material, an entire F-350 truck bed of overgrown trees, and another truckload of aluminum slats from the fence. Volunteers also primed a wall, hung signs and hand painted another, and scrubbed the main mural wall.  It is amazing to see what a group of passionate people can accomplish.  

Three Points received $6,500 from Metro Council's Neighborhood Development Funds.  We're overjoyed to have this funding, however, it only covers the part of the mural and all of the landscaping.  In order to raise additional capital, we've turned to a crowd-sourcing fundraising site for civic projects called Neighbor.ly.  At the time of posting, nearly $2,300 of our $4,000 has been raised.  We hope those who support the project will donate whatever amount they are able to give to support this project.

The mural is slated to be completed September 20th through September 28th, with landscaping, bench installation, and other aspects of the project soon following.  Expect Three Points to be transformed by the end of October.  

More information, including mural renderings, project proposal, budget, artist information, etc, can be found at threepointslouisville.blogspot.com.  You can also "like" Three Points on Facebook to follow the progress of the project, get project updates, and see additional pictures.

Three Points is located directly outside of the former cotton mill/antique mall...

GERMANTOWN MILL LOFTS

Many of you have been asking about the status of the Germantown Mill Lofts and we are happy to share the following letter with you from Brasch Construction and Underhill Associates.

The letter references Underhill Associates moving their corporate offices to 1030 Goss Avenue in November.  That building is currently occupied by the Paralyzed Veterans of America, next door to Mo's Food Mart and across the street from Four Pegs.  We welcome them to the neighborhood!


7th ANNUAL DOG JOG

Please join us on Saturday, October 4th for a morning walk/jog through Schnitzelburg with your neighbors!  Any and all are welcome - even if you don't have a four legged friend!



MOVIE NIGHT IN EMERSON PARK FEATURING BEETLEJUICE

Join the Schnitzelburg Area Community Council and Metro Council President Jim King for a movie night in Emerson Park!  This year we will be showing the Tim Burton classic Beetlejuice!  

Emerson Park will be transformed for movie night, complete with a foggy graveyard, sandworms, and a real life Beetlejuice!!  Need a bio-exorcism?  Come see the ghost with the most at Emerson Park on October 11th! 

The Rudyard Kipling will have their food tuck on site to sell tasty treats, as well as cool beverages (including beer!).  We will also have pizza from Danny Mac's, pretzels donated by Pauly's Schnitzelburg Pub, and free popcorn donated by Nuts-n-Stuff!!

Items to be raffled off to benefit SACC include a Beetlejuice gift basket, a Greenhaus gift certificate, teeth whitening from Mortenson Family Dental, a pair of tickets to the Haunted Hotel, and more!!!

This is an event for the entire family...and its's FREE!

Event begins at 7:00 pm and movie begins at 9:00 pm.

Please bring a chair and/or blanket to sit on. We will have portable toilets in the park for your convenience.



AND MORE!

Be sure to visit the SACC booth and say 'hello!' at the Seven Sense Festival this Saturday!



Stay tuned to the blog for upcoming insider stories on the new restaurant going in the old Flabby's building at the corner of Hickory and Lydia and The Post (the new pizza joint currently under construction in the old VFW Post on Goss).  The Post will be having a zoning hearing on Thursday, September 18th to address their zoning change and variance request to have a front patio.  If you would like to write a letter of support or concern, please click here to view a letter from the Department of Codes and Regulations that includes an address that residents can send letters to by October 10th.

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Thanks for reading and see you around the 'Burg!

Monday, August 25, 2014

An Evening With The Tiny Art Show at Four Pegs

If you’ve been to The Four Pegs Beer Lounge recently you may have noticed some art work on the wall.  Those paintings, pictures, prints, and multimedia combinations are all part of the Tiny Art Project, an effort to promote local artists and get their work out into the public eye.  I recently met with the founders of A Tiny Art Show – Tom Willis, Suzanne Sprawls, Scotty Haulter, Greg Toms, Laura Doll and three local artists as they planned their next show at a table on the patio of the Four Pegs Beer Lounge. All members of A Tiny Art Show, with the exception of Halter, live in the Schnitzelburg-Germantown neighborhood. 

Organizers meet at Four Pegs
Sitting in on a Tiny Art Show planning session, if you can call it that, was an incredibly fluid experience – imagine  a meeting of the flying monkeys with a Gonzo vibe and you're almost there.  Several times during the course of the evening as the conversation channel-surfed through a barrage of unrelated topics - everything from the merits of minimalist art to the aesthetics of glazed buffalo wings - with dissenting opinions served up from all sides - I was reminded of that old joke about the Anarchist’s convention that had to be cancelled because nobody wanted to form a line at the registration desk. The Tiny Art Show doesn’t have a vision or mission statement or any real protocol for that matter (Robert’s Rule’s of what?).  However there is unanimity where it counts.  Tom Willis, one of the founders, put it this way, “If we had a mission statement it would be ‘Have Fun’ and as long we are doing that we will continue.” His comment drew a big collective nod from all heads around the table.   

 Like a lot of memorable inventions, the origin of Tiny Art project was due more to incidental circumstances than design.   Willis put down his chicken wing to explain: “It all started at Scotty’s party. I was talking to Suzanne about a photographer's work that we had both seen on Facebook.  We agreed that she should show her work.  Since the photographer didn't know anything about showing we decided to help her.  We were here at Four Pegs one night discussing it and I looked around and said, ‘What about here?’  I asked Smitty (the owner of Four Pegs) and he was cool with it.  So that got the ball rolling and we got together to organize it.”

“Then beer ensued.” Laura laughed. “In case you haven’t noticed we’re a VERY informal group.” 

The marriage of art and beer - or I should say beer and art, since there was unanimous agreement around the table that beer precedes art in the great ontological scheme of things - has been successful.  


According to Tom it’s the kind of deal that works out to everyone’s advantage.  “The beer lounge gets a free artsy makeover and opening night brings in a lot of business because friends and family of the artists come to see the work of the people they know on display.  Artists love it because their work sells there is no cut for the bar or A Tiny Art Show.  We step them through the process that is important because most of the artists in our shows have never exhibited before.  That is a huge confidence builder for someone who is just starting out.”

So far the Tiny Art Show has produced four shows. The first two involved the work of single artists, and the shows carried the artists’ names. “Now,” said Suzanne, “we have multiple artists on display so we give the show names. We come up with titles based on a striking feature of the work or something thematically relevant.  Our third show was called Tres (three in Spanish) and the fourth was called vijf femmes (Vijf is Dutch for five and femmes is women in French.)  That show was so named because it featured the work of five female artists.”  The upcoming show has not been named yet.  Lots of suggestions were batted around the table.  Someone threw out “Three Guys Who Paint.”

Artwork slated to be on display
at the September show
The Tiny Art Project aims to be as inclusive as possible. Because these pieces are hanging in a bar, instead of a gallery, the group has to be mindful that the subject matter is appropriate for the general public.  This has not been a problem.  Aside from that there really aren’t any rules about submitting work.  Artists will frequently submit more work than the walls will hold.  This happens most typically with photos.   In this case the group gets together and does a triage, each member selecting a few of their favorites which are then further narrowed down by a group vote.  The artists are notified in advance about the selection with the understanding that they can override the panel’s choices if they disagree.  So far, that hasn’t happened. 


How big can tiny be?  I wanted to know.  “Tiny,” said Tom, “refers more to the intimacy of the setting than the size of the individual pieces. We wanted to create a more informal environment than the established gallery setting.  We don’t have size specifications and would not exclude larger pieces, provided there is space for them.  We generally exhibit 30 pieces per show. But, of course, that depends on the size of the work submitted.”

Four Pegs is only place in town you can see the Tiny Art Show. And it is likely to stay that way.  “We thought about expanding to other venues,” said Susan, then added after a pause, “but then we wouldn’t be tiny anymore.”

Indeed!  Long live Tiny Art!


The opening of the next Tiny Art Show is tentatively scheduled for September 18th.  If you are an artist and would like to show your work, or just want more information about "A Tiny Art Show" go to: atinyartshow.com


Thanks to Steve Cambron for writing and contributing this story.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Old Hickory Inn's White Bean Soup

Schnitzelburg resident Gary Liebert holds many titles: SACC Board Member, Emerson Community Garden Manager, and Recipe Creator for the SACC Newsletter.  His recipes always feature seasonal ingredients and emphasis on fresh produce.  Gary's latest recipe is a bit unique - so we thought we would feature it on the blog.  Gary recently visited the Old Hickory in after hearing rave reviews about their bean soup.  He loved the soup and, being a sweet-talker, was able to get the recipe to share!   

Look for Gary's recipes in the newsletter, but for now, from Gary:

Schnitzelburg Culinary Treasure

The Old Hickory Inn, at the corner of Lydia and Hickory Streets, has been around since the 1930's. After a fire closed the Inn for about a year, it reopened in 2010, the week before Derby, and the Ol’ Hick’ now enjoys a steady stream of customers from the neighborhood and beyond. The Schnitzelburg pub is known as a friendly place to get good drinks at good prices.  

The barkeeper, Jeannette, is also known as a cook.  She makes hearty dishes, mainly on the weekends, featuring favorites such as cabbage-potato soup, "Manwiches," and white bean soup.  I sampled the white bean soup recently, and while enjoying it, asked for the recipe.  She said it’s more commonly served in cooler months, but I made it at home - in July!  Here is the recipe, with thanks to Jeannette.   

Jeannette’s Old Hickory White Bean Soup
Ingredients:


1 pound dry Great Northern beans
2 medium onions, chopped finely
6 sticks celery, chopped
6 carrots, chopped
Large chunk of pork jowl or ham hock (optional, but it really adds flavor!)
Garlic powder (1 tablespoon) or chopped garlic (3 cloves)
1 small can tomato paste
One tablespoon crushed red pepper, or 3 whole dried red peppers 
Salt & pepper, to taste


Directions:

Soak beans overnight in water; discard water and put beans in a big pot or Crockpot and start to cook on high.  Add the rest of the ingredients. After the beans have come to a steady simmer, turn down to low and cook for 4-6 hours.

Check beans for doneness and add salt and pepper.  When cooked, serve beans over rice or by themselves in bowls.   Put a bowl of freshly and finely chopped onions in a bowl to add as a topping.   Jeannette says, “it really goes well with jalapeno cornbread!!”  (Maybe a future recipe?)  Enjoy beans any time of the year! 

Thanks to John Malone, the tavern's manager and Jeannette Gilliam, cook and barkeep.  

Old Hickory Inn
1038 Lydia Street

(502) 634-3011

Jeanette behind the bar at Old Hickory Inn.