Last week, a fire destroyed a wood-framed commercial building on the corner of Crittenden Drive and Lilly Avenue in the St. Joseph neighborhood. A tipster sent in a few photos of the aftermath and it looks like the building is a total loss.
The structure was home to FS/tan Land Surveyors & Consulting Engineers which was founded in 1974. No one was injured in the pre-dawn fire and nearly 50 firefighters helped put out the fire. The heat was so intense it melted siding on adjacent homes and caught electric poles on fire, temporarily disrupting power in the area. Apparently, a church across the street was an arson victim some time ago and arson investigators were looking into the cause of this fire.
This type of small urban commercial building is becoming a rarity in Louisville. It’s compact footprint helps to transition from heavily travelled streets like Crittenden to neighborhood streets like Lilly and provides a mix of uses that are the foundation of a healthy urban neighborhood. With Interstate 65 creating a rough edge condition in the neighborhood, this structure was even more important for buffering the neighborhood.