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Abramson, Northup Announce Additional $20 Million for Clarksdale Revitalization Effort

Wednesday June 2, 2004

Mayor Jerry Abramson and U.S. Rep. Anne Northup today announced that an additional $20 million in federal funding has been secured to ensure completion of the revitalization of the Clarksdale public housing complex over the next few years.

“This announcement represents a major step forward for revitalizing our downtown and ensuring a better, more livable neighborhood for the residents of Clarksdale and others throughout our community,” Abramson said. “We appreciate the leadership of Congresswoman Northup, who has been a steadfast supporter of this project and the point person in Washington for securing this funding.”

Abramson also credited the continued efforts of the Housing Authority of Louisville, which oversees federally funded public housing and put together the proposal for grant funding, and the proven track record of success of the Park DuValle revitalization project in West Louisville.
“This is the second $20 million HOPE VI grant for Clarksdale in two years – excellent news for residents of the deteriorating 1930s housing units, who for years have been waiting for revitalized residences,” Northup said.

The grant has been awarded directly to the housing authority for Phase II of the project. The $20 million is the maximum award provided through the HOPE VI grant.

Abramson said the project, scheduled for completion within five years, will ultimately result in about $190 million in investment in Clarksdale through a combination of public and private dollars to build more than 180 homes for people to buy and 530 apartments for rent.
Abramson also has included about $2.4 million in his recently proposed budget for infrastructure improvements at Clarksdale such as roads and sewers.

Clarksdale, located on the eastern edge of downtown Louisville, is a 65-year-old barracks style public housing complex that currently has more than 700 apartments for low-income families.