Monday, November 9, 2015

Schnitzelburg Tree Planting - SATURDAY!

Saturday, November 14th
Swiss Hall (719 Lynn St.)
10 am

We are so very excited to have Schnitzelburg chosen as the neighborhood to receive 150 trees this Fall through Louisville Grows/Love Louisville Trees! Not only are trees aesthetically appealing, but they keep us cool (and block wind in the cooler months), stabilize the soil, absorb water runoff, help control noise pollution, and clean our air! Trees can also increase your property value!

Schnitzelburg is the 6th neighborhood to receive trees through Love Louisville Trees (others include German-Paristown, Shawnee, and Shelby Park), and the organization will be planting their 1,000th tree in Schnitzelburg on Saturday!

Volunteers have been canvassing the neighborhood for the past couple of months looking for homeowners who would like a free tree for their front yard or easement (backyards are considered, mostly for large, canopy trees). If you haven't received a knock on your door, you may have received a door hanger.

Whether or not you are a resident of Schnitzelburg, or you are receiving a tree, we invite you to volunteer with us on Saturday. While it may sound like a pretty laborious task planting 150 trees, it is actually really fun work!

Wondering how it's all done? After breakfast, volunteers are sorted into groups. Each group does an initial planting together at a site to learn the proper way to plant before they are broken into smaller groups. Each small group is lead by a Citizen Forrester, an individual who is a veteran tree planter and has completed training to become tree steward. Groups are typically given trees in close proximity to each other so you can walk from site to site.  Trees will already be delivered to the site and a spray painted circle identifies where the tree will go (811 is called before the planting to mark the underground utilities). Once the group is finished planting (~5 trees per group) they go back to the staging site to have a warm lunch!

If you are interested in volunteering, please email Valerie Magnuson at!

From The Schnitzelburg Tree Planting Facebook event page:

Join us for our 7th Neighborhood Planting Event!! We'll be planting 150 trees in the Schnitzelburg/Merriwether neighborhood and need 150 volunteers to help us. 

10:00-10:15 Volunteers arrive for check-in and Heine Brothers Coffee and bagels.
10:15-10:30 Following a brief orientation, volunteers and Citizen Foresters head out to their planting zones.
10:30-1:00 Tree planting demo and zone planting
1:00 All return to the staging site for lunch!

All our volunteers can expect certain things from their experience with Louisville Grows, in return, Louisville Grows has certain expectations for every volunteer.

Our volunteers have the right to:

  • Be provided with an introduction to Louisville Grows
  • Be treated as an individual whose time and talent is valuable to the organization
  • Receive training for their tasks and an explanation of how this work relates to the larger mission of Louisville Grows
  • Be provided with a safe working environment

Our volunteers have the responsibility to:
  • Be sincere in their offer of service to Louisville Grows
  • Carry out their work reliably and to the best of their ability
  • Accept the guidance and decisions of LG staff and/or Citizen Foresters
  • Ask for help when needed

We recommend that you dress in layers. Waterproof outerwear is ideal. Of course, you'll be digging in dirt and handling mulch, so please wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. We'll provide adult-sized gloves, and we recommend wearing sturdy shoes.

Curious about who Love Louisville Trees is and what they do? They sum it up pretty nicely on their website:

"Love Louisville Trees (LLT) provides urban forestry training to build community capacity in urban forest management and stewardship and organizes tree-planting events to assist with the reforestation of Louisville’s neighborhoods. LLT works to educate the public on the benefits of an urban forest, helps to guide neighborhood coordinators in the development of annual tree planting and maintenance events, and provides trees to financially challenged areas in our community. Through encouragement and community engagement, citizens are trained in proper tree selection, planting and on-going maintenance. We understand that for an urban forestry program to be effective we must engage and recruit students, residents, business owners, and all members of our community to take ownership of our urban forest.

The LLT Program was created in response to recent research demonstrating that not only does Louisville have one of the fastest rising heat indices in the USA, but also has a significantly lower level of tree coverage compared to similar cities. Recent tree mortality from invasive pests, storm damage, lack of citizen forestry skills and the absence of a developed city plan has contributed to higher pollution levels, poor storm water management, and barren urban landscapes. We organize tree planting events in neighborhoods near the urban core, where large trees can have the biggest impact as they cool streets by providing shade, purify our air, beautify our streets, and absorb and purify storm water. We also know that trees planted on residential properties can reduce utility bills and raise the value of property, particularly important in low-income neighborhoods where canopy development has often been neglected."

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Minutes from the Germantown Mill Lofts Meeting and Steve Magre's Community Meeting

The following minutes have been received from Underhill Associates and Councilman Steve Magre's office, respectively.

Germantown Mill Lofts Neighborhood Meeting
November 2, 2015
1030 Goss Avenue

A neighborhood meeting was held at 1030 Goss Avenue on November 2, 2015 at 5:30 pm. The development team members in attendance included Colin Underhill and Elizabeth Rivers. Colin started the meeting by explaining the meeting's purpose, which was to discuss plans to further the Germantown Mill Lofts project. He explained the plans to convert the former daycare to a restaurant.  He stated that the restaurant would be called Finn's Restaurant and that it would serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Colin then provided an update on the overall project. He stated that the first residents will move in on December 1, 2015.  He explained that the remainder of residents will move to the lofts in phases, and that the project will be completed by May 2016. Colin then opened the meeting up for questions.

One attendee asked about parking, specifically how it may affect residents in the area. She questioned more transparency on the project. She expressed concern that the restaurant may limit the amount of street parking available.  Additionally, she expressed concern that construction is affecting the neighborhood. Mike Morris, president of the Schnitzelburg Area Community Council, recommended that she contact their organization. He stated that the neighborhood group would be able to advocate on her behalf.

Another woman asked about the restaurant's operational hours. Another man asked about the number of parking spots on the property. Colin informed him that there will be 330 parking spots. He informed the attendees that there would be ample parking for residents and restaurant visitors.

Another woman echoed the concerns about parking. Colin explained that, as a developer, he is going to advocate for the neighborhood. He explained that the project will continue to make Germantown special. He explained how the neighbors will benefit from Germantown Mill Lofts.

Mike Morris then explained that he was originally concerned about the parking, however, Mike noted that the property has 30% more parking than the city requires.

One woman asked about the entrance and exit on the property. Colin explained that the specific entrance/exits are required by law.

Another woman explained that parking shouldn't be an issue because Germantown residents walk to restaurants and other nearby businesses. However, she disagreed with the decision to add a restaurant to the area. Colin assured the attendees that the restaurant would not stay open past 11:00 pm.

Another man asked if bottled beer would be served. Colin informed attendees that he would know this once the zoning was approved.

One woman expressed her gratification that it would be a restaurant rather than a bar.

Mike Morris asked if the property would have bicycle racks, and Colin informed the attendees that there are ample bicycle racks.

A number of attendees expressed concern with speeding on Goss Avenue and McHenry Street. Mike Morris informed attendees that the neighborhood association is working with the city on that issue.

Colin then informed the attendees that Germantown Mill Lofts would increase the property values of their homes.

One man, who arrived after the start of the meeting, asked for clarification on the requested zoning classification. Colin explained that the new zoning permit would allow alcoholic sales on the restaurant's patio.

A man then expressed his admiration for the developers taking an older, deteriorating building and turning it into a newer, more functional building. He recommended that the attendees "give it a chance."

Another man asked about security cameras on the property. Colin explained that the property is going to make the area safer.

Colin also explained that the restaurant will be smaller than the average restaurant. This eased many concerns among the attendees.

Colin also explained that the restaurant will be smaller than the average restaurant. This eased many concerns among attendees.

Colin informed the attendees that he would advocate for the area and the neighborhood, in hopes of improving Germantown. One woman expressed appreciation that the development enhanced sidewalk conditions.

Mike Morris said he is happy the developers are Underhill family members. He also explained that the company will do a great job because their reputation is at stake. He also expressed comfort that the developers are a Louisville company.

Colin thanked everyone for attending the meeting. Afterwards, many neighbors stayed to meet Colin and ask additional questions.

Councilman Magre’s Town Hall Meeting
October 29, 2015
1567 South Shelby Street

Handouts:  Spending Summary - Page 1 - Page 2
                  ZooDay Flyer (District 10 residents get $5 admission on Saturday, November 7) 

Newsletter will be received soon, followed by a summary postcard.

While in office, Steve Magre has: 

Supported a lot of the same programs that Jim King did. Spent money that could be spent.

Has one more Council Meeting he can sit on is November 5 and that will likely be his last.

Added funding from Neighborhood Development Fund (NDF) to bring MUSCL up to their needs.

Added funding to Goss Avenue Corridor Improvement.

Acknowledged the Germantown Mill Lofts and Three Points Beautification Project giving area momentum.

Funded paving and cameras on Unseld.  Speed hump application pending.

Completed George Roger Clark Park landscaping NDF to provide landscaping around new signage.

Expressed disappointed in homicide issue in community. Puts LMPD in unfair position. Council/Mayor has not addressed it. Gave stats for the past few years during meeting.

Wants Police Summit steered by Mayor and Council and to bring in appropriate people from across the community and make sure funds are available for this.

Provided the homicide and heroine data for D10 during the meeting.

Noted that flooding has impacted D10 and is a consistent problem. Flooding is mainly due to dual runways at the airport.  Referenced MSD ordinance to repair structures. 

Pressed of railroad crossing gates in Buechel, but the FRA moves slowly. City has updated markings and signage and removed a tree for the pages. Project is approved as of today and Norfolk has 12 months to complete the install.

Put the dilapidated Economy Inn in the hot seat with all of the Departments that have oversight and questioned how this place is still allowed to exist. Evidence presented by hotel side is bogus. Stop Work order has been issued. Plans to stay involved with this situation even after leaving office by working with neighborhood association. Needs to be legit or close.

Moved the Camp Taylor Monument to a public location and had to overcome several hurdles in order to accomplish.

Introduced Metro staff.

One question raised about hotel planned for Preston Hwy. Advised that it has been rezoned for the hotel, but it has not moved forward. Advised that it is technically in District 21, Dan Johnson. 

Monday, November 2, 2015

November Newsletter

November is a special month in Schnitzelburg!

On Thursday, November 12th, SACC will host the 50th Annual Schnitzelburg #1 Citizen Dinner at St. Elizabeth's at 6 pm. Tickets are $10. Join us as we celebrate a member of the community for their dedication and service to our neighborhood!  More details available in the newsletter.

Another exciting celebration to let you know about is the 100th anniversary of St. Elizabeth's parish on November 15th. There will be a special Mass at 11am, followed by a potluck in St. Elizabeth's cafeteria.  Please call the parish office for details 637-7600.

Also, don't forget to attend the SACC Annual Meeting on November 23rd, at 7 pm, at All Wool & A Yard Wide Democratic Club.

SACC wishes you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving & we thank you for your support of our organization!  We appreciate the opportunity to make Schnitzelburg a stronger, happier, healthier community to live, work & play!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Halloween in Schnitzelburg!

Monster Mash Bash Benefit at Lydia House

Lydia House will be hosting a fundraiser for Three Points and we invite you to join us for a devilish evening! We'll have spooky tunes from DJ Boogieman that will have witches dancing in their britches. We'll have ghastly games, including haunted put-putt. We'll have "finger foods" for you and all your fiendish friends.

Come for the "boos": Falls City Beer will be our spooktacular special all night long, as well as a special witches brew on tap.

A costume contest will happen at 10 pm. The winner will receive a prize package that includes a gift card to Lydia House, a Three Points tee, and more! Second and third place winners will also get a prize from New Wave Burritos!  Come without a costume if you dare...

We'll also use this event to unveil the preliminary design for our next mural since we didn't get the chance to at our rained out Block Party.  A teaser for the mural, designed by Stephen Paulovich, is currently on the Three Points Facebook page!

This is a free event for all ages, but you must be 21+ to drink. Sorry, boys and ghouls.

Trick or Treat Maze at AmVets Post 9!

Germantown-Schnitzelburg Facebook Page Headquarters: Veterans, volunteers, and members of Amvets Post #9's Sons of Amvets and Ladies Auxiliary are gearing up for their 2015 Trick or Treat maze that they started 3 years ago to ensure the neighborhood kids had a safe place to trick or treat no matter what kind of weather mother nature brings us on Halloween. Spooky sounds, a trick or treat maze, candy and hot dogs will be ready for the kids.
The Amvets Post #9 crew is asking all of it's members and the community to help out by donating bags of candy, spooky decorations, or funds to buy supplies for the trick or treat maze which will be held inside Amvets Post #9's Hall on Halloween night starting at 5:30pm. They're also asking for extra volunteers that can sponsor and operate a portion of the trick or treat maze by decorating an area and give out candy to the kids. Volunteers can also dress up in costume to make it a little more spooky and fun for the kids. There's a collection box for candy inside Amvets Post #9/Danny Mac's Pizza located at 1567 South Shelby Street in the Germantown-Schnitzelburg area of Louisville Kentucky.
If you have any questions, please contact Sons of Amvets Commander Dan McMahon (Danny Mac) at (502)635-7994 between 4pm-10pm or via email at

Before of after trick or treating at AmVets, stop by Dairy Del (it's just down the street!) to meet Olaf from Disney's hit movie Frozen!!

Halloween Party Like No Other at The Cure Lounge

The Cure will be featuring a Halloween party on Halloween night that features a haunted house, cover bands, a deejay, a circus side show, a costume contest, and a whole lot more. In true Cure fashion, it will probably be a wonderfully weird and wild time.

The party starts at 9 pm and it's just $10!  For more information, check out the Facebook event page.

Nextdoor Halloween Treat Map!

Not sure of what houses are giving out candy on Halloween night?  Check out what houses will be dishing out sweet treats with Nextdoor's Treat Map!  Register your house on the map and a candy corn icon will hover over your house to show people you will be home!  It's a great way to get to know your neighbors and keep the trick or treating local!  

But before all the Halloween festivities kick into gear, check out Councilman Magre's community meeting:

Councilman Magre to hold Community Meeting on Thursday, October 29th

Councilman Steve Magre is inviting residents of District 10 to a special community meeting on Thursday, October 29th  to update everyone on projects and issues in the district.

“My current tenure is growing short on the Metro Council and this meeting is a way to let everyone know where projects stand since I took office in February,” says Magre. “It will also be a chance to thank the community for working with me in 2015.”
The community meeting is set for Danny Mac’s Pizza located at 1537 South Shelby Street. It will begin at 6:30 pm. It is open to anyone who is a resident of District 10.

Friday, October 23, 2015

History Walk and More!

Schnitzelburg Fall History Walk this Saturday!

Don't forget the Schnitzelburg Fall History Walk is this Saturday (tomorrow!), October 24th!  Check out the flyer for more details!

General Neighborhood Meeting this Monday, October 26th

On Monday we will be having our General Neighborhood Meeting at the All Wool & Yard Wide Club.  We will be updating the neighborhood on projects, we'll have candy for the kids, and we ask that you bring a canned good to donate to Kentucky Harvest!

Councilman Magre to hold Community Meeting on Thursday, October 29th

Councilman Steve Magre is inviting residents of District 10 to a special community meeting on Thursday, October 29th  to update everyone on projects and issues in the district.

“My current tenure is growing short on the Metro Council and this meeting is a way to let everyone know where projects stand since I took office in February,” says Magre. “It will also be a chance to thank the community for working with me in 2015.”
The community meeting is set for Danny Mac’s Pizza located at 1537 South Shelby Street. It will begin at 6:30 pm. It is open to anyone who is a resident of District 10.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Movie Night in Emerson Park - This Saturday!

They're creepy and they're kooky, Mysterious and spooky, they're all together ooky, and they're coming to Emerson Park! *snap! snap!*

We've hosted Ghostbusters and a bio-exercist named Beetlejuice, now it's time for the First Family of Darkness to make our acquaintance.

Join us on Saturday, October 10th in Emerson Park (corner of Sylvia and Hickory Streets) for Movie Night featuring The Addams Family.

The event starts at 7 pm.  Meet your neighbors, grab some grub from Red Top Hot Dogs, and get your picture taken with Gomez and Morticia Addams in a replica of their living room in the park's gazebo.  At 8 pm, we will have storytellers sharing some spooky ghost stories.  The movie will begin at 9 pm and we will have free popcorn for your viewing pleasure!

We will have a couple of gift baskets that we will be raffling off before the movie.  Items include an Addams Family tee from Block Party Handmade Boutique, two tickets to a local haunted house, Addams Family novelty items, and more!  Raffle tickets will be $1 each and available for purchase at the event.  Proceeds will go toward SACC's general fund.

This is a fun, family event!  The first 25 children in attendance receive a free treat bag!

Things to consider:

  • Bring your own blankets and/or chairs.
  • It will be a brisk evening, so bundle up!
  • There will be two portable toilets at the park for Saturday.  If you absolutely cannot handle this, you can go run over to Check's to use their facilities.  
  • Street parking is available along Hickory and Sylvia Streets, but we encourage you to walk or bike if you live nearby.
  • Dogs are welcome as long as your beast is tame!
A big thanks to District 10 Councilman Steve Magre and his legislative aide, Carrie Peers, and Louisville Metro Parks for supporting this event! 

Friday, October 2, 2015

October Newsletter + Dog Walk!

There is so much going on in Schnitzelburg in the coming weeks - something for everyone!  The October newsletter is here with news & more information about upcoming activities, including the 3rd Annual Movie Night in Emerson Park (Oct. 10) and the #1 Citizen Dinner (Nov. 12).  More information on these events can be found on the "Upcoming Events" tab at the top of the page.

A quick reminder that the 8th Annual Dog Walk is this Saturday--join us at 10 am at All Wool & A Yard Wide for a pet blessing, door prizes, and a fun walk around the neighborhood! (More on the dog walk below!)

Thank you for making Schnitzelburg a great neighborhood to live, work, & play!


8th Annual Schnitzelburg Dog Walk this Saturday, October 3rd!

Come on out for a neighborhood dog walk this Saturday! We will meet at 10AM outside in the courtyard of All Wool Yard Wide (where SACC general meetings are held). We have goodie bags for everyone, and you can enter your name to win one of several door prizes! We have some great prizes this year donated by our friends at Sit, Stay, and Play Doggie Daycare, Rocko’s Rewards All Natural Dog Biscuits, and Feeder’s Supply. Must be present to win.

Take this opportunity to meet some of your fellow neighbors and dog-enthusiasts. The pups will enjoy all the new friends too! We’ll have water and plenty of dog biscuits.

We’ll take a leisurely stroll along this route:

We will also have a pet blessing for those who might be celebrating the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

So come on out with Fido and have some fun!

-Alan Grisanti, Dog Walk organizer