Your opinions/ideas for downtown Frankfort

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A recent post I made regarding my thoughts on the roles played by downtown churches has provoked some differing comments. It has got me to thinking that it would be interesting to see what opinions SJ readers have regarding the history, present and future of Frankforts downtown area. I for one have lived downtown (southside) for 18 years now. I am absolutely in love with this area although I get very frustrated at some of what I regard as poor decisions by local officials regarding our older neighborhoods. It makes me scratch my head that private property owners have to meet so many guidelines when repairing their homes and buildings while city and county officials continue to build throwbacks to Soviet-era buildings of poured concrete and glass. These building projects have little regard as to whether they fit in with existing nearby structures and no private property owner would ever receive permission to build a structure such as the police station or even the new courthouse. I am a preservationist, but I am not a preserve-at-any-cost preservationist thus I would rather see 2 or 3 old downtown buildings restored and reused rather than one old "Y" building for the same amount of dollars spent. At the same time, I believe that if the owners of the old "Y" are spending their own funds then they have every right to do so. How about it folks? What is your idea for downtown? One poster on here has stated that they dont really think the old architecture is all that pretty but I would be interested to know what kind of architecture they appreciate. Lets not use this as a springboard to be critical of one anothers opinion but to just put ideas out. Perhaps someone of the "movers and shakers" of the community will pick up on some great idea posted here.

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  • There is no design cohesion or compatibility between private property building standards and those allowed on municipal buildings.  Frankfort allowed the ugliest new courthouse, new safety building, hideously box-like PS Library, History Center, and Transportation Building  - - all to be put up alongside classic 19th and 20th century buildings.  Problem is historic zoning and local building codes don't apply to government structures.  Then there is the case of the Old Y.  True its time has come.  The city has not shown proper leadership on setting effective building standards and properties renovations practices to be carried out under a policy of esthetic consistency and architectural compatibility.  All of Bridge and Second Street as a result looks like a disaster area and no policy for resurrecting the land uses in this area into a cohesive pattern are not apparently going to be put into proper persepctive.  We see that there is a lot of flexibility in allowing the owners of the Old Y to take time to tear down the place I suspect because the city commissioners are not trying hard enough to evaluate the downtown and South Frankfort scenarios nearly eagerly enough.  If they should endeavor to direct the building codes enforcement officer, the planning departments, and the community development officers to work together with proper owners and state and municipal agencies using downtown buildings, it would seem to me much more could be accomplished in getting the entire CBD are brought into a much more harmonious series of strategic movements to become a more progressive, orderly and dignified sets of outcomes.  Why we have never done any studies or building conditions surveys of the downtown area for years as far as I can understand, and so the whole course of development in this "universe" is carried out in a rather fragmented, inefficient and wasteful process that is mistakenly called "progress" but which is truth is going nowhere fast unless we get the downtown buildings looking like they have something to do with each others history and are enjoyed by everyone, and not just each property owner working in a solo sort of manner so that they do not have opportunity to appreciate the sense of community which downtown Frankfort needs the city commissions dire attention is more steadfastly observed.