You may recall it wasn’t but a couple weeks ago (Feb 5th) that the City of Elizabethtown purchased the building that housed Cobblers Cafe. The City of Elizabethtown has purchased property in downtown at 125 East Dixie Avenue. According to the press release,
“The City has purchased several properties in the downtown area as a means to assist in the revitalization of the area,” said Mayor Jeff Gregory. “The City of Elizabethtown is committed to the economic future of our community.”
The city also clarified that there are no current plans for the property and that they will continue to refine the City’s economic strategy in the upcoming months through input from the public, discussions with local businesses and the development of a new comprehensive plan.
On February 8th, The City of Elizabethtown issued a notice of violation to the Roadside Inn at 656 East Dixie Avenue. The press release from the city stated that due to the significant number and category of the violations the City has ordered the building to be vacated by Feb 15th, 2019. Not only did the city issue violations; but also, the Lincoln Trail Health Department issued a violation notice on Jan 23rd, 2019. There is a 22-page document listing all of the violations broken by the Roadside Inn. Now that the building has been vacated the violations must be repaired or building demolition will be sought. The official press release will be added to the end of this article.
Mayor Jeff Gregory has been in office for less than two months and he has already worked with several different groups of people to further encourage growth in the downtown and on the south side of Elizabethtown.
I am not sure how many of you have driven by the Roadside Inn lately but it has been an eyesore and hasn’t been a safe place for years. I applaud the job the Mayor’s office is doing by starting to clean up the south side of Elizabethtown. While there have been a few private citizens investing in the south side over the past few years it is refreshing to see the City and our newly elected Mayor get involved so quickly.
While losing Cobblers Cafe was sad for many of us, the building had been for sale a long time. It was only a matter of time before someone purchased the building and pushed their agenda on that property. Now that the City has purchased the building and property they can ensure that Elizabethtown’s future strategic plan for the downtown area is the number one priority when it comes time to make a decision on the what to do with 125 East Dixie.
Jeff Gregory hasn’t been mayor long but we appreciate the fact that he appears to be a leader who doesn’t sit on his hands, but instead, a man who gets things done, and it appears that he has his constitutes best interests in mind.
If you wish to read the entire press release about the Roadside Inn at 656 East Dixie Avenue. Keep reading below as we will copy and paste it below this article. The press release for the Cobblers Cafe building purchase can be found by clicking here.
Roadside Inn at 656 East Dixie Avenue – Press Release (Full Text)
(February 8, 2019) Elizabethtown, KY – The City of Elizabethtown has issued a notice of violation to the Roadside Inn at 656 East Dixie Avenue. Due to the significant number and category of the violations the City has ordered the building to be vacated by February 15, 2019.
The Lincoln Trail Health Department issued a violation notice on January 23, 2019. City officials were made aware of this notice and performed additional inspections. Inspections were performed by the Department of Planning & Development and Fire Department.
Inspectors found safety violations ranging from missing smoke detectors, no emergency exit signage, improper wiring, lack of heat in rooms, infestation, plumbing deficiencies, damaged walls and doors, and improper storage of hazardous items. The City has issued a violation notice supported by 22 pages of violations. If the items are not corrected then an order to have the building demolished will be sought.
The City had previously issued violation notices for this property.
— Amy Inman, Executive Assistant To The Mayor