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Sheppard Square demolition makes way for new storm-resistant housing

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Storm and tornado-resistant homes being built at the site of former public housing in Louisville. Right now, multi-million dollar development is under construction in the Smoketown neighborhood.

It is all part of phase 3 of the Sheppard Square Housing Development. The contract was awarded last week and behind me, crews have already started construction of the new units.

If the road to success is always under construction, you could say the new Sheppard Square has almost arrived.

"The first phase was 60 units and they're full with a waiting list, we've got about a hundred and 30 units coming online starting in December," said Tim Barry, Executive Director of Metro Housing Authority.

In February, neighbors started moving back in at Sheppard Square. And this week, crews broke ground on phase 3 of the multi-million dollar Hope VI revitalization project.

Barry said, "These particular blocks, these two blocks, we're going to be doing a couple of things we haven't done before."

On a site plan, phase three includes blocks E and F, and will include some pretty unique features.

"Along Hancock, we're going to have trenches underground where we can capture the rain water and use that to irrigate the Hancock Blvd," explained Barry.

Barry says the new units will also be a first for the area. "We're also going to be building four concrete...insulated concrete formed homes. And what that means is that they are super energy efficient and storm resistant."

Right now, there's already a long list of people waiting to move in once phase three is done. "Well, the last time I was close to a thousand," said Barry.

Barry says former residents will get first choice. "They were the ones who were asked to move, so they should have the right to come back."

But they're trying to make sure the area's troubled past doesn't return.

"There have been situations where it hasn't worked out for everybody."

And that's why some people have already be asked to leave or turned away.

"It hasn't worked out for everybody and that's driven as much by the former residents as the housing authority," said Barry.

Phase 3 of the new Sheppard square project is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2015.

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