LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Stop Ignoring west Louisville.
That was the call Thursday at a public forum, sponsored by Business First, on how to bring more businesses and investment to the west end and to the Portland neighborhood.
Portland and west Louisville are a large part of Metro Louisville, and many people agree both areas need more economic development.
The announcement in March that Wal-Mart plans to build a new super center at 18th and Broadway is a 'game changer' according to Metro Councilman David Tandy.
"Now that you are starting to see development take place, it serves as a positive indicator to other developers and other people to say I see opportunities there," Tandy said at the forum, held Thursday at the Kentucky International Convention Center.
Developers Gill Holland and Teresa Bridgewaters joined Tandy on the panel.
Bridewaters took the opportunity to call for a comprehensive blueprint for economic development.
"There literally is not a plan, we are doing things piecemeal, Gill has his development, we have ours, there are other developments as well," she said.
Bridgewaters helped to bring Wal-Mart to the West End.
"We have to begin to collaborate and do a whole master plan for west Louisville," she said.
Holland envisions Portland as the gateway to Louisville.
"I think Portland should be a tourist destination," he said, "we just need to stimulate more retail, more opportunities for tourism, more things to do and more people living there."
Holland, who continues his efforts to revitalize NuLu along East Market Street, is also trying to do the same in Portland. He says besides a master plan those who have the capital need to step up and help in the redevelopment of the West End.
"I do think for the investment community the economy is better, so this is definitely the time to try to point and direct some investment to these neighborhoods," Holland told WDRB News following the forum.