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City leaders, businesses hope new project will revitalize Old Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It is called Streetscape and city leaders believe once the project is done it will attract new blood to this area, and some business owners near the intersection of 4th and Oak are counting on it.

William and Amy Enix are getting ready for the lunch and dinner crowds at Rudyard Kipling on Oak Street in Old Louisville.

“We've always loved Old Louisville," Amy Enix says.

The couple bought the restaurant in January, despite warnings from friends.

“People were like 'naw, 4th and Oak? Don't go to 4th and Oak," Enix says.

It was a risky move, but the couple is counting on the Streetscape project to both change the landscape and attitudes about the area.

“Them putting the money into the business district, I think is only going to help like the property values and, you know the businesses that are moving in, they're really going to help too," Enix says.

Metro Councilman David James explains, ”The purpose of this new streetscape here on Oak Street is in order to make Oak Street more inviting so that we can provide economic development opportunities for businesses that wish to provide services to the citizens of old Louisville."

James says the first phase of the nearly $2-million project is almost done.

“We're going to do a lot of great things here on Oak Street," James says.

It's already attracting new people and businesses like the Southern Express Soul Food to the area.

“When everything is complete it will look cleaner,” James says, “we'll have trees in the tree wells, the trees will be lit and it will look very inviting for people to come and visit and for businesses to come and move in."

The entire project will stretch from 7th to Floyd Street and will include wider sidewalks and more trees.

“We'll have a big announcement very soon." Right now, Councilman James won't share the big announcement. "It'll be big for this area. That's all you can say? That's all I can say at this point."

But business owners like Amy Enix are still excited about the potential.

“I think that this could be a prime spot for business as well as residential," Enix says.

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