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Colonial Gardens Decision Postponed

A decision that could affect the future of a century-old building in south Louisville has been delayed to allow for further negotiations.Some local residents asked the Louisville Metro Landmarks Commission to declare the old Colonial Gardens complex a local landmark.   Developers, who say it's too expensive to renovate, want to tear it down and put up a commercial center with a similar architectural theme.At its Thursday meeting,  the commission postponed a vote on the request for landmark status.Metro Planning and Design Services Department Director Charles Cash says a 90 day delay will give the developers time to explore alternatives to demolition."Essentially, everything is stopped where it is.    The developer agrees not to pursue demolition.  The commission agrees not to act on the designation,"  Cash said.Colonial Gardens was built in 1902 at the corner of Kenwood Drive and New Cut Road, where it began as a beer garden and later housed a series of nightclubs.It has been vacant for the past five years.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.