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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Mayor Launches Liberty Green Home Ownership

Friday December 14, 2007

Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that the city is launching the home-ownership phase of Liberty Green - the city’s second HOPE VI project that replaces public-housing complexes with mixed-income neighborhoods.

“We’ve had tremendous success with our rental units in Liberty Green, and we’re hoping to translate that into home ownership,” Abramson said.

Bill Weyland and Holly Wiedemann have been selected as the developers for the project, called The EDGE at Liberty Green. They are responsible for more than $80 million of projects in Louisville and throughout the state. Both developers specialize in projects that maintain continuity and the historical integrity of existing urban neighborhoods.

Weyland, from Louisville, is the owner and founder of CITY Properties. He designed the mixed-use historic renovation of the Henry Clay Hotel and created the Glassworks project, a former abandoned factory that now mixes art studios with urban living. He is also responsible for building the Louisville Slugger Museum and Bat Factory on historic Main Street.

Wiedemann, from Lexington, has developed projects from Ashland to Glasgow and several cities in between. Her projects include: The St. Francis in Louisville, a mixed-use project that includes a high school and retail stores on the lower floors and apartments above; the Midway School Apartments; and Artek, a 38-unit condominium development under construction in downtown Lexington. Construction will begin next year turning the former TB Hospital in downtown Ashland into apartments for survivors of domestic abuse.

“It’s important for us to provide a bold design, while making sure the homes blend in with the character of the surrounding buildings,” Weyland said. “Our new homes at The EDGE will be livable and comfortable, while at the same time making a statement.”

The designs will include traditional walk-ups that are found in urban neighborhoods, such as New York’s Greenwich Village and Chicago’s Lincoln Park. The buildings will have three floors. Buyers can purchase one floor of the building, two floors or the entire home. Prices will range from $100,000 to $500,000.

“We are thrilled about the EDGE at Liberty Green,” Wiedemann said. “It is truly rewarding to partner with Bill and the exciting developments he’s done at CITY Properties. We believe we make a terrific team that will produce a cutting-edge project for downtown Louisville. We are delighted to be a part of the transformation of East Louisville.”

Weyland and Wiedemann are expected to build 335 housing units during the next 10 years. Those interested in purchasing a home during the first phase of construction should call 515-CITY.

“We’re looking forward to bringing families back to downtown,” Abramson said. “This new concept will give families at all price points a variety of possibilities, providing stability for the area and allowing families put down roots in downtown Louisville.”

Liberty Green Rental Units

Since construction started in 2005, more than 185 mixed-income rental units have been completed – 180 are now leased by residents.

Forty of the units are occupied by former Clarksdale residents. All residents who moved out of Clarksdale were given the option of returning to Liberty Green.

For more information about rental property, contact 587-0059.

About Liberty Green

Liberty Green is a $233 million mixed-income development in east downtown. The site is the former home of the Clarksdale housing development.

Liberty Green is the community’s second HOPE VI project. The first project replaced the former Cotter-Lang Homes with the Park DuValle Neighborhood.