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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- (WDRB) The man who bought Muhammad Ali's boyhood home in West Louisville says he wants to turn it into a museum.
But there are several obstacles to overcome before that museum can become a reality; obstacles like money to pay for upkeep of the house and concerns about increased traffic in the neighborhood.
The new owner of Ali's home met last week with local officials to discuss his plans for the Ali house.
Las Vegas real estate investor Jared Weiss wants to restore the house to the way it looked in the 50's when Muhammad Ali was young Cassius Clay.
"Ideally, I would like to preserve it and keep it in Louisville and have it as a museum and a tourist attraction so people all around the world can come and see it," said Weiss.
But Weiss says his plans are not final. He says there are issues of zoning and funding needed to maintain and staff the museum long term.
"We're still brainstorming and coming up with ideas. Obviously there's finance issues if we did turn it into a museum in running it. We haven't finalized anything yet though."
But not everyone believes the museum idea is a first round knockout. Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott says Weiss should proceed with caution. She says there are concerns about the additional traffic that a museum would bring.
"We cannot allow someone who is in Nevada to drop something off in Louisville, KY without talking to folks who live in the neighborhood," said Scott.
Lawrence Montgomery lives across the street and watched the champ grow up. He has met with Weiss and is excited about a possible museum.
"I think it's going to be good for whole neighborhood. It's going to increase the value, I'm sure, of all the homes here," said Montgomery.
And Scott admits the museum could be a key to revitalizing the area.
"It could be, which is why it's unique and interesting. It's just that it needs to be worked out in a way that makes sense."
But Weiss says nothing is going to happen quickly.
"It's something that is not going to be done overnight. It's going to take time with the city to see what we could put together."
Weiss says he also met with representatives from the Ali Center about a possible partnership. The director of the center was not available for an interview today.