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An economic push steered west of 9th street is taken a step further

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Since its grand opening back in March, Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company is holding its own.

With roots dating back to the 1800s, the CEO took a chance in a potentially re-emerging area and reopened his family business on 10th and Main.

"Since we've been here, you've got Falls City Beer, 502 Winery and their new restaurant is here. There are other people looking to this area to put businesses here," said CEO Corky Taylor.

The economic push steered west of Ninth Street has been taken a step further.

Louisville city officials are backing a formal request to expand the Business Improvement District west of Ninth Street to 12th Street.

"From a psychological standpoint, we've jumped the wall of Ninth street and are taking steps to tear that down," Louisville Metro Council David Tandy explained.

While the expansion effort will be mainly driven by business owners and developers, it's a stamp of approval from city leaders to help draw businesses to this side of town.

Members of the Louisville Downtown Partnership plan to provide on street services to make the area more pleasing to the eye.

It's a move many residents in the west Louisville area are happy to see on the radar, but with the Walmart development on hold amid litigation, Tuesday's announcement remains bittersweet.

"It seems to me that Walmart was out here first and we need to be out there beating the drum, making sure that this lawsuit is resolved one way or another."

In the meantime, city leaders urge for patience and faith as they work to develop further west.

"Like those old locomotive engines, we may be slow to start but once we get steam and get going we do make progress and we do move forward."

Mayor Fischer will present the request to expand the Business Improvement District west of Ninth Street to 12th Street at the next Metro Council meeting on Thursday.

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