Parkland Neighborhood Plan – A formal plan was adopted by Metro Council in August 2017, with a focus on the 28th Street commercial corridor, between Virginia and Dumesnil, addressing the stabilization of residential areas, renewing vacant and abandoned properties, enhancing mobility and connectivity and forging partnerships with local industries. The first implementable action is the attraction of a new use for the former Parkland grocery site acquired by Metro in 2017.
Produce Park – Showing how communities can reuse and revitalize vacant properties, Louisville Metro opened in July 2016 a new pocket park located at 30th and Muhammad Ali Blvd, which features fruit trees that residents can freely harvest. Nearly 40 volunteers have helped maintain the grove, including weeding and harvesting. New fruit bearing trees will be planted in 2018.
Cedar Street/Quinn Gardens – Louisville Metro began development of 26 new market-rate homes, called Cedar Street/Quinn Gardens, in the Russell neighborhood in August 2015. Streetscape improvements were completed
in March 2017 and new market-rate housing units are under construction. The first family moved into one of these homes in February 2017.
Affordable Housing – In order to assure that Louisville’s residents have access to affordable housing options, Louisville Metro provided additional funding, the largest single-year investment in affordable housing in Louisville Metro’s history, to two programs in FY18. Louisville CARES, launched in 2015 with an initial investment of $12 million, received an additional $4.5 million to help finance the development of affordable multi-family housing units. Secondly, the Louisville Affordable Housing Trust Fund received approximately $10 million to help finance the development of affordable single- and multi-family housing units.
Clean and Bright – Since the launch of the Community-wide Cleanliness Index in 2014, Brightside has completed 256 neighborhood cleanups in west Louisville, leading to the removal of more than seven tons of litter and debris. Brightside increased its volunteer engagement by 2,500 in FY17, receiving assistance from 10,176 volunteers in west Louisville.
Trees – Since concerted tree-planting efforts began in 2011, Brightside’s One Bright City initiative and the Division of Community Forestry have partnered to plant 4,435 trees in west Louisville as of April 2017.
Victory Park – Olmsted Parks and Metro Parks approved a master plan for this Olmsted-designed park at 22nd and Kentucky Streets in the California neighborhood. Construction is underway and is expected to be complete in late 2017. Project includes new basketball courts, a ¼-mile walking path, and new lighting, benches and trees, amounting to a $600,000 investment.
Shawnee Park – Improvements at Shawnee Park include new Dirt Bowl basketball courts, scoreboard and bleachers. In addition, as part of MSD’s basin project in the park, there are improvements being made to the lily pond, the ball house and Paul Horning Field, which will be complete in the next two years, representing a $3 million investment.
Louisville Loop – West Louisville includes approximately 10 miles of the Louisville Loop, a 100+ mile multi-use path that encircles the entire community, including the RiverWalk and the Southwestern and Algonquin Parkways connections to the Levee Trail in southwest Louisville. An approximate 2-mile section of the Loop is under design, with construction expected to begin in 2018. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers currently is working on a Riverbank Stabilization project, between Portland Wharf Park and Shawnee Golf Course. Final design is underway on a new 3.5-mile, shared-use path on the Campground Road section of the Loop which currently only has on-street bike facilities. There also will be roadway reconfigurations to three miles of Algonquin, from Winkler to I-264, which will include the addition of bicycle lanes and a service road, with construction to begin in Summer 2018.
Neighborhood Revitalization Strategic Areas Program after Down Payment Assistance – Portland, Shawnee and Russell neighborhoods are designated NRSAs by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. During FY17, NRSA housing rehab investments consisted of $500,000 in housing rehabilitation in Russell and $100,000 in Homeownership Incentive Program in the three neighborhoods, helping keep six existing homeowners in place. The Down Payment Assistance Program helped 16 home buyers get into homes, with a total of $206,000 in assistance.