The Phoenix Hill Tavern is looking to expand its parking options and two houses stand in its way. The two vacant houses could provide 30 to 50 additional parking spaces. You can see on the diagram below the surface level parking that already exists on the block (not all of it belongs to the Phoenix Hill Tavern). It’s a pretty substantial amount of parking. The pointers indicate the two houses under consideration for demolition.
According to the Courier-Journal, however, the Tavern is “seeking the blessing of the neighborhood” before it moves to raze the houses. The houses sit in the Phoenix Hill National Historic District but are in poor condition. You can see in the above photo, one of the houses is over-run with vines. Underneath the vines, however, wooden detailing can be seen on the portion of the house not covered by aluminum siding. The other house that may get the axe is in slightly better shape and is a camel-back shotgun house.
There is already a parking lot separating the two houses where a couple houses had previously stood. Portions of the parking area sit between houses on Rogers Street and Broadway. The Tavern owner also owns other property along East Broadway and the neighborhood association worries additional houses may come down in the future.
With nearly half the block already under asphalt, it seems unfortunate that additional houses might come down to be replaced by more cars only using the lot during certain evening hours. The rest of the day the spots remain mostly vacant as the Tavern has posted “Customer Parking Only” signs. The neighborhood association met yesterday, so we’ll see if they decide to formally oppose the demolitions.