The already heated battle between neighbors in SoBro and Old Louisville and the City over the closing of Station 7 on 6th Street just south of York Street has now landed in court. The LEO, which has been covering the story in depth so far, broke the lawsuit story on their FatLip blog:
Yesterday afternoon, Old Louisville residents filed a class-action lawsuit against Metro Louisville and Mayor Jerry Abramson in an attempt to save the Engine No. 7 fire station, which is slated to close tomorrow.
The lawsuit—filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court—asks that a judge issue a temporary injunction to stop the city from shutting down the firehouse as planned. Ultimately, the suit seeks to keep the station open until “appropriate alternative fire service is available.”
The station was built in 1871 and has been operating for 138 years. A black bow was tied to the front of the building which is scheduled to close tomorrow. The city expects to save around $500,000 by closing Station 7.