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Shawnee Neighborhood Plan meetings seek public comment in order to move forward with development and revitalization goals

Tuesday October 30, 2012

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

Louisville – Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) is encouraging residents, organizations and businesses in the Shawnee area to take advantage of a series of meetings in November and December to learn about revitalization efforts for the area.

“Several groups are now identifying what is needed to move the Shawnee Neighborhood Plan forward,” says Hamilton. “These meetings are way for residents to see what groundwork has already been laid while at the same time will give everyone a chance to offer input in what goals the plan should be striving for in the months ahead.”

Beginning last year, the Louisville Metro Economic Growth and Innovation (EGI) staff started working closely with a Shawnee Neighborhood Plan Advisory Committee, Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, and the public to develop a common vision for the neighborhood.

Draft goals have been developed for the plan in five areas including: Land Use/Community Form, Housing, Mobility, Health, and Economic Development.

In addition to the neighborhood plan, Shawnee was also selected as a Neighborhood Revitalization & Strategy Area (NRSA). NRSAs are part of a HUD program administered locally through Louisville Metro’s Department of Community Services and Revitalization (CSR) to focus Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

Some $400,000 has already been committed in the metro budget for the Shawnee neighborhood with the opportunity for up to a total of $2 million dollars over the next 5 years with the goal of stimulating reinvestment and helping to revitalize the neighborhood.

CSR staff is working collaboratively with the Shawnee Neighborhood Plan process to identify strategies for spending the NSRA seed money.

“Much work has been done in identifying key areas to move forward, “says Hamilton. “Public input and involvement is needed to ensure we address needs in the areas the plan and the public identify.

A Community Workshop will be held on November 17th to provide the public with another opportunity to have input on action items for implementing the plan goals. The workshop will also be used to help identify and prioritize target areas in the community to initially focus implementation actions and investment.

The workshop will be held from 10 am to 2:00 pm, at the Shawnee Arts & Cultural Center. Community involvement at the workshop is vital to the success of the neighborhood plan so please mark your calendars.

The public will also have a chance to attend other meetings about the plan at the following meetings of the Shawnee Neighborhood Advisory Group:

Monday, November 5th 6:00pm -7:30pm

Monday December 3rd 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Monday, December 17th 6:00pm to 7:30pm

All meetings will be at the Shawnee Arts and Cultural Center at 37th and Del Park.

For more information about these meetings, contact Councilwoman Hamilton’s office at 574-1105.

Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5