A large building on the corner of Quadrant and Stevens Avenues in the Deer Park neighborhood could soon make way for a surface level parking lot. A tipster recently spotted an Intent to Demolish sign on the oldest corner of the Highlands Nursing Home and Rehab Center, formerly the King’s Daughters and Sons Home, at 1705 Stevens Ave.
Richard Jett, Historic Preservation Officer for Metro Louisville, said the wrecking permit has not yet been approved but cited parking concerns as the reason for demolition. Officials with Highlands Nursing did not know details about their demolition project.
According to documents revealed by the Deer Park Neighborhood Association, the large corner building and a smaller ancillary structure are proposed for demolition. A site plan shows a small surface level parking lot taking the place of these structures.
While the small, internal structure doesn’t contribute to the neighborhood, the larger building pictured at top certainly does. Demolition of the non-contributing structure and subsequent improvements could benefit the neighborhood, but destroying the larger 3-1/2 story building for a total of 13 parking spaces is simply irresponsible.
Such a change would erode the urban quality of the neighborhood’s streetscape and character.