Apr 12 2018 Building Our Blocks begins its 2018 season on April 13

In 2016, Mayor Greg Fischer created the Building Our Blocks (BOB) initiative as a cross-functional approach to make our neighborhoods clean, green and safe. BOB will begin its second full year on April 13. Last year, the BOB team, which includes many city agencies and community partners, visited seven different neighborhoods. This year, the team will concentrate four events specifically in one neighborhood—Russell.

Nov 21 2017 Jeff O’Brien named new Director of Develop Louisville

Mayor Greg Fischer has named Jeff O’Brien as the new director of Develop Louisville, the city’s real estate and community development arm. O’Brien has been with the city since 2013, first as project manager for Vision Louisville then as Deputy Director of the Office of Advanced Planning. O’Brien was named to the position after Director Deborah Bilitski accepted a position as Deputy Director/Vice President of the Waterfront Development Corporation.

Nov 14 2017 Landbank Authority approves sales of 50 vacant properties

50 vacant properties in various neighborhoods were approved for sale to buyers by the Landbank Authority at its November meeting. An increase in sales can be attributed to new programs of the Vacant & Public Property Administration, which debuted on October 20. The programs are designed to provide more opportunity for residents to purchase Landbank Authority-owned vacant properties.

Oct 19 2017 Vacant & Public Property Administration announces new programs for selling structures and lots

The Louisville Metro Vacant & Public Property Administration (VPPA) today announced three new programs designed to more rapidly move vacant properties back into productive use.

Jul 25 2017 Landbank Authority approves sales of ten vacant properties

Ten vacant properties were approved for sale by the Landbank Authority at its July meeting. The proposed sales will enhance the condition of properties and lots in neighborhoods across the city.                                      

May 15 2017 Forums scheduled to discuss Comprehensive Plan update

Develop Louisville will hold nine open house forums for the public to view the work completed to date on the Comprehensive Plan update and provide feedback. Develop Louisville encourages all residents to attend the forums, particularly those who have not yet participated in the Comprehensive Plan update process

May 12 2017 Landbank Authority approves sale of 11 vacant properties

11 vacant properties were approved for sale by the Landbank Authority at its April and May meetings. The proposed sales will enhance the condition of properties and lots in neighborhoods across the city.                      

Mar 20 2017 Solicitation of Interest issued for redevelopment of Heritage West

Mayor Greg Fischer joined Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton and members of the West Louisville Community Council (WLCC) today to announce that the city has issued a Solicitation of Interest for the redevelopment of Heritage West in the Russell neighborhood. The city seeks a unique proposal to create and implement an innovative and sustainable development plan for the property located at 3029 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

Feb 21 2017 Landbank Authority approves sale of 6 vacant properties

Six vacant properties were approved for sale by the Landbank Authority at a special meeting held on Wednesday, February 15th. The proposed sales will enhance the condition of properties and lots in neighborhoods across the city.                                                          

Jan 9 2017 Vacant lot and structure Request for Proposals opens

The Vacant & Public Property Administration has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for four properties with vacant structures and one vacant lot, with the goal of returning these currently underutilized properties back to productive use.

The RFP for properties with vacant structures includes:

Nov 1 2016 Vision Russell seeking ideas for community improvements in Russell

This summer, the Vision Russell team, a community-based partnership led by the Louisville Metro Housing Authority and Louisville Metro Government, was awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development which, along with $375,000 in matching funds from Louisville Metro Government, will be used for “action activities” that will help begin to make visible changes in the Russell neighborhood.

Oct 25 2016 City to roll out locally developed wireless smoke detectors in vacant, abandoned properties

Innovative project developed through collaboration among Louisville Metro agencies and local civic hackers

Louisville Metro Government will begin this week installing locally created, low-cost wireless smoke detectors in vacant and abandoned properties, in an innovative way to reduce fire risk.

Sep 13 2016 VAPStat meeting results in sale of 8 vacant lots/properties

Eight vacant properties/lots were approved for sale by the Landbank Authority at yesterday’s VAPStat meeting. VAPStat is a monthly joint meeting of the Vacant Property Review Commission, Urban Renewal Commission and Landbank Authority. VAPStat meetings are staffed by the city’s Vacant & Public Property Administration.

Aug 31 2016 Mayor Fischer announces Comprehensive Plan update process

Mayor Greg Fischer today announced plans to update Louisville’s Comprehensive Plan, including a year-long community engagement process.

The Comprehensive Plan will guide the growth of the community for the next 20 years and serve as the basis for public and private investment, as well as land use and transportation policies. 

Jul 15 2016 Mayor Fischer opens Produce Park

Mayor Fischer today announced the opening of Produce Park, an urban orchard in the Russell neighborhood. The site, which was previously a vacant lot, has been made possible through $30,000 of funding awarded to Mayor Fischer’s Innovation & Delivery Team by the Bloomberg Fund.