Monday July 16, 2012
Lou Metro Housing Authority - Tim Barry, 569.3420
Mayor Fischer’s Office - Rebecca Fleischaker, 574.2974
Congressman Yarmuth’s Office - Stephen George, 202.731.7197
New home construction begins as part of
Sheppard Square Replacement Housing
NSP and HOPE VI programs partner for neighborhood revitalization
LOUISVILLE, KY (July 12, 2012) – Construction of nine new homes recently began near the site of the former Sheppard Square housing development in the Smoketown neighborhood, funded by federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds. These units are part of the new HOPE VI development, managed by the Louisville Metro Housing Authority (LMHA), which will replace the 70-year old public housing Sheppard Square complex with new energy-efficient, mixed-income and mixed-type housing, located both on and off the original public housing footprint.
“A project of this magnitude takes many partners and sources of funding, and it is exciting to see new construction begin in this revitalization project that’s made possible by the NSP funding,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “With successful HOPE VI projects at Park DuValle and Liberty Green, I have no doubt this new development will be just as successful at creating a new, vibrant neighborhood.”
The nine homes – eight in the 500 block of East Breckinridge and one on South Shelby – will range from 1,390-1,452 square feet, with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Also, three of the nine homes will be fully accessible to families and individuals with disabilities. All new housing units will meet or exceed both EnergyStar standards and Enterprise Green Communities rating criteria, making them the most energy and resource-efficient public housing replacement properties to date.
“During the past decade, Louisville has used federal investments to set a national standard for turning blighted housing projects into thriving new neighborhoods,” said Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3), who asked LMHA to apply for the HOPE VI grant for Sheppard Square and worked with HUD to ensure its approval last year. “The construction of this new housing continues our work through the HOPE VI initiative to transform Sheppard Square and revitalize this historic neighborhood.”
The homes are being developed by the Housing Authority’s Development Corporation, and are projected to be completed by December 2012. General contractors Howell & Howell are building the homes, and have hired two former Sheppard Square residents, both females, in construction related positions.
“Revitalization has to occur on a large scale to turn around the effects of concentrated poverty,” said Jeana Dunlap, executive administrator with Community Services and Revitalization, who oversees NSP funding. “The ability to use funding from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program as part of the large HOPE VI project allows the city to meet our goals to help stabilize neighborhoods, help those greatest in need, and provide new beginnings.”
The completion of the relocation of residents and the demolition of buildings that, since 1943, provided 326 subsidized apartments, has made way for the construction of 454 on- and off-site subsidized and market-rate apartments and homes, improved sewers, the reconfiguration of surrounding streets and the former Presbyterian Community Center. LMHA is leveraging $22 million in HOPE VI funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with more than $90 million in physical development commitments and $4.2 million in community and supportive services.
Relocated Sheppard Square residents will have the first opportunity to move into new units set aside for low-income families. The entire HOPE VI project is scheduled to be finished by December 2015.