And where better to start than NuLu?
The East Market District Assocation meeting this morning was an incredibly news-rich environment.
About 45 people gathered at St. John United Church of Christ, 637 E. Market St., to discuss everything from efforts to get LEED Green Neighborhood designation from the U.S. Green Building Council to new music and literary events.
So, here is each news item, all in a quick bulleted format:
- Rebecca Matheny, deputy director at Louisville Downtown Development Corp., briefed the assembled business owners and residents about a report on the LEED Green Neighborhood Initiative, a report scheduled to be released in about two weeks. Matheny said the committee learned from officials that NuLu is “a strong candidate” for the certification. U.S. Green building Council officials assessed the East Market area last month. A full meeting with NuLu property owners will be scheduled after the report is released. The application fee for the association is $1,500. The total application process will cost the area as much as $85,000 for consultants to negotiate the application process, and for the certification process. EMDA is pursuing external sponsors for the effort, and is working with Metropolitan Sewer District and LG&E in the Green certification process.
- In October, Louisville Literary Arts will present the The Writer’s Block Festival, a celebration of writing, reading and print. The event is scheduled for October 12 and October 13 in NuLu. This will be the second festival, dedicated to the craft and business of local and regional writing. Festival events are scheduled for The Green Building at 732 E. Market and at Swanson Contemporary Gallery at 638 E. Market St. Organizers are planning to add other venues.
- EMDA is planning on having its own mini-IdeaFestival events within the larger IdeaFestival, scheduled for Sept. 19 through Sept. 22. The NuLu version would be small, intimate groups, and EMDA is looking for people to host and to present. The idea is that a business could have a mini-IdeaFestival event about bourbon, with an expert from a local distillery speaking. EMDA also is working with the Filson Historical Society to provide walking tours of East Market Street for IdeaFestival attendees staying downton.
- Rye on Market at 900 E. Market St. is hosting The Back Porch Series starting Thursday, July 12. The series will feature The 23 Sting Band. The event will be free to the public, with food and drink available. Obviously.
- Garage Bar will have a new general manager. Melanie Tapp is leaving for the new 21C Museum Hotel operation in Cincinnati with Garage Bar Chef/partner Michael Paley. Tapp will be replaced by Megan Breier, currently events manager at 21c Museum Hotel on Main Street.
- Merchantile Gallery Lofts is hosting an open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 24. Grind Food Truck will be on hand!
Tha’ tha’ tha’ that’s all, foks!