Wednesday October 30, 2013
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Up to 115 homes being renovated over five years
To strengthen the neighborhood, keep people in their homes and reduce vacant properties, Mayor Greg Fischer today joined community leaders to announce the start of a project to renovate homes and revitalize key areas of Louisville’s historic Shawnee neighborhood.
Up to 115 homes over five years will receive renovations focusing on exterior repairs, resolving health and safety code violations, and removing lead paint. The project – called “Shine on Shawnee” -- will largely be funded by $2 million in federal Community Development Block Grant funds that were approved as part of the Shawnee Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA).
“This is an exciting opportunity to make a dramatic impact in one of our most beloved and historic neighborhoods by strengthening entire blocks – keeping people in their homes, raising property values and preventing vacant and abandoned properties,” Fischer said.
The city’s Department of Community Services and Revitalization (CSR) is the lead agency in the work. CSR's Residential Repair Team will oversee the home rehabilitation work including improvements such as repair or replacement of windows, front and back entry doors, concrete, roofs, paint, vinyl siding, stairs, shutters, security windows and doors, and gutters, in addition to lead abatement and resolving property code violations. The department will work with local construction companies for repair and rehabilitation work, helping to create and preserve local jobs.
To maximize the impact of the improvements and to help spur private investment, the city will look for clusters of homes needing work along major corridors such as Northwestern and Southwestern parkways, and Broadway, Market and Muhammad Ali.
The city will also invest about $100,000 to help spur economic development and assist business owners in the Shawnee neighborhood through a microbusiness program that will work directly with residents and owners who are starting or expanding a business.
Shawnee is the second Louisville neighborhood to receive federal NRSA designation. Work continues in the Portland neighborhood, where more than 42 homes have received renovations.
“The Shawnee NRSA taps federal investments to promote home ownership, grow the local economy, and generate new opportunities for residents,” said Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3). “Congress should be seeking ways to expand programs like NRSA that generate new opportunities for our communities, not making dramatic cuts to them.”
The community involvement and planning by residents in both neighborhoods were supported in great part by Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton.
“The Shawnee NRSA funding will help us continue our efforts to revitalize one of Metro Louisville’s oldest neighborhoods. It will really have an immediate impact on homeowners and businesses by providing assistance to rehabilitate the Shawnee neighborhood and restart economic development, something critically needed in our area.” said Hamilton. “Many homeowners will have the opportunity to make home repairs to sustain families and this neighborhood. This program will also help us revitalize the West Market Street Corridor, encourage startup businesses and building entrepreneurs while helping existing businesses grow.”
Shawnee residents can learn more about the Shine on Shawnee project and submit an application at a “Home Repair Showcase” offered on three dates at Northwest Neighborhood Place (at Shawnee High School), 4018 W. Market St.
- Nov. 1, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
- Nov. 6, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
- Nov. 12, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Staff will also be present to provide information to potential project contractors and subcontractors about the city’s bidding and approval process.
To learn more about the Shawnee NRSA and other revitalization efforts in Louisville neighborhoods, visit Community Services and Revitalization’s website at www.louisvilleky.gov/csr
or call 502/574-4377.