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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Mayor Marks Completion of New City Housing Development

Tuesday March 17, 2009

Includes 22 apartments, commercial space

Mayor Jerry Abramson today celebrated the opening of Louisville’s newest housing project for working families, a 22-unit apartment complex constructed at 801 E. Broadway.

The $3.5 million development, at the corner of Broadway and Shelby Street, was developed by the Louisville Metro Housing Authority as part of the Clarksdale revitalization project.

“Louisville has become a national model for developing great public housing that doesn’t look like public housing – and the 801 E. Broadway building is certainly another example of that,” Abramson said. “We’ve come a long way from the days when we warehoused low-income families in brick barracks.”

The building includes 16 one-bedroom apartments and six two-bedroom units. The ground floor is a commercial space currently for lease.

“The 801 E. Broadway Building is yet another example of the Housing Authority’s efforts to provide quality replacement housing for those who once lived in the Clarksdale public housing complex,” said Housing Authority Director Tim Barry. “This building not only helps us to achieve that goal, it also provides an opportunity to add to the vitality of the Phoenix Hill area.”

The building, designed by Kersey and Kersey Architects of Louisville, was honored with the 2009 New Landmark Award by the Louisville Historical League. The award jury cited the building’s classic design that blends well into the East Broadway corridor.