Mayor Unveils New Identity for HOPE VI Project ‘Liberty Green’ evokes community’s past, future
Wednesday June 22, 2005
Mayor Jerry Abramson today unveiled a new identity for the emerging community on the site of the former Clarksdale housing development.
Liberty Green is the new name for the $233 million, mixed-income development under construction that will replace the 1940s-era public housing barracks.
The name for the new development is drawn from Liberty Street, the roadway that cuts through the center of the six-block area on the eastern edge of downtown Louisville. The roadway was originally called Green Street because it was a grassy area where horses came to pasture. The name was changed officially in 1918 to Liberty Street, when the community voiced its new patriotic fervor after World War I.
“Liberty Green reflects both the heritage of the past and our hope for the future,” Abramson said. “With a mix of housing and design options, this neighborhood will give freedom of choice to people who previously had little choice about the place they called home.”
Construction work on Liberty Green, which began late last year, is on schedule with the first housing units to be available for occupancy by March 2006, said Tim Barry, executive director of the Louisville Metro Housing Authority. The development, which will include 500 apartments and 200 homes and condos, is scheduled for completion in 2009.
Interest in the development has been robust with more than 60 people have expressed interest and would like to be contacted when units are available, Barry said.