West Louisville

“Our city is experiencing outstanding economic momentum, but we know we must ensure that the prosperity and opportunity is happening in every neighborhood.”

  – Mayor Fischer

$800M

West Louisville has seen more than $800 million of investment completed, announced or started since 2014 – projects that help meet the needs of families, increase safety, boost neighborhood amenities and provide an attractive place to do business. 

2017 highlights

  • A rebirth at the intersection of 18th Street and Broadway, with plans for a $130 million Passport Health Plan headquarters (500 jobs), and $28 million Republic Bank Foundation YMCA.
  • $1.5 million in major road and sidewalk improvements are under way near 18th and Broadway, which will be a key stop on our city’s first Bus Rapid Transit service, via Dixie Highway.
  • Construction has begun on enhancements at
    Sheppard Park, the first project of the $30 million Choice Neighborhood initiative; to be leveraged into
    a more than $200 million transformation of Russell.
  • Louisville Urban League is partnering with the city to develop a $30 million, state-of-the-art sports facility anchored by an indoor track and field facility at
    Heritage West.
  • We expanded resources at the Nia Center, a
    one-stop workforce and entrepreneurial development center on West Broadway.
  • Metro’s Office of Redevelopment Strategies, in partnership with urban planner Joshua Poe and local community groups, released a redlining story map
    to show how historic inequitable practices impact
    our current neighborhood landscape. We’re working now with community and industry leaders to reverse that impact.

Neighborhoods

2017 highlights

Russell

Work begun on neighborhood transformation kick-started by $30 million Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grant. / PNC Gigabit Experience Center opened at Louisville Central Community Center. / Streetscape improvements completed for Cedar Street / Quinn Gardens; market-rate housing units under construction; first family moved in.

Parkland

Parkland Neighborhood Plan adopted in August. / City purchased the former Parkland grocery store; working with community stakeholders on redevelopment plans.

Shawnee

New Dirt Bowl basketball courts, scoreboard and bleachers at Shawnee Park. / MSD basin project
includes $3 million in improvements to the lily pond, ball house and Paul Hornung Field.

California

Kickoff for neighborhood plan under way. / Partnering with Simmons College of Kentucky on a campus master plan and student housing strategy.

Algonquin

Sixty volunteers participated in a Building Our Blocks event in July, engaging 320 residents and working to make the neighborhood cleaner, greener, safer and more inclusive.

Chickasaw

Metro Parks invested $40,000 to renovate
Chickasaw Park tennis and basketball courts. /
Chickasaw and Parkland saw highest number of
Cultural Passes distributed to children from all west Louisville neighborhoods, with more than 3,000
participants.

Park DuValle

Louisville Forward worked with developer and former operator of the Park DuValle grocery to ensure
continuous service and quality groceries for the
neighborhood during ownership transition. /
Purchased property at 3052 Wilson Ave. to keep
it from being converted into a liquor store; the city
is marketing the property for small business
development.

Park Hill

Major expansions at Clariant and Great Northern
led to more than $100 million in investment and
the creation of more than 60 new jobs.

Portland

Heine Bros. Coffee headquarters

Heine Brothers’ Coffee relocated its headquarters;
$1 million investment in a historic building. /
Announced fourth phase of Waterfront Park,
encompassing 22 acres between 9th and 13th streets.