Wednesday December 4, 2013
For Immediate Release;
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622
Louisville – With the snip of a ribbon, Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5) officially began Phase 1 of the West Market Street Corridor Improvement Project on Wednesday.
The project will make initially $587,000 worth of infrastructure improvements to Phase 1 of the West Market Street Corridor with the goal to revitalize the area with needed improvements conducive to business development and retail opportunities.
“This project was a long time in coming and we look forward to seeing the transformation of this corridor into a vibrant economic engine for the community,” said Hamilton. “This pilot area from 38th to 39th Street is just the starting point. We know that infrastructure is the magnet that attracts the right kind of economic development to a community.”
Work will now begin on needed infrastructure and streetscape improvements such as installing new sidewalks, handicap ramps, planters, brick paver areas, trees, improving storm drainage and new asphalt paving.
"Corridor projects improve the appearance at street level, as well as the business environment for patrons who visit," said Director of Economic Development Jeff Mosley. "West Market Street is an important commercial corridor that serves many area residents and businesses, and we are glad to see this project get underway."
The project began back in 2008 with the creation of the West Market Street Corridor Improvement Advisory Committee. Councilwoman Hamilton and officials with Metro Economic Growth and Innovation sought business owners and resident input on what was needed to revitalize West Market Street from 24th Street to Cecil Avenue.
The study identified the Corridor as containing four Characteristic Districts: Commercial, Residential, Bridges and Campus. Improvements to the Commercial District were identified as the first priority to help existing businesses. The next priority area will be the Bridges District.
When the study was completed, Gresham Smith and Partners designed the final plan with an eye for transforming the look of sidewalks, roadways, lighting, street furnishings and the additional of iconic elements of West Market Street.
“This project is just one of several that are bringing new life to many of our historic areas of Metro Louisville. West Market Street is linked to the other revitalization efforts now underway in the Shawnee Neighborhood. We are seeing new life and economic development interests in the Portland area as well,” said Hamilton. “I want to thank everyone who has given their input and their time to help us improve the quality of life in this area. Let the word go out; West Market Street is xopen for business.”
Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D) 5