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Opportunity could be coming to troubled west Louisville neighborhood in shipping containers

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- You could say opportunity is about to knock for hundreds of people in a troubled Louisville neighborhood.

In the near future, shipping containers will bring businesses opportunities to the Park Hill neighborhood. Those shipping containers will be located at the corner of Dixie Highway and Wilson Avenue in West Louisville. They will be used by aspiring entrepreneurs and both organizers and neighbors believe it will lead to positive changes on the corner.

The long grass and litter are just a few of the reasons the vacant land has been somewhat of an eyesore for years.

"Violence will always continue in some parts of west Louisville," said Luther Brown.

The area has also seen more than its share of violence; long-time neighbors like Brown are excited to hear change is just around the corner.

"We want to see something different and we'll take care of what difference comes when the community has a hand in it," he said.

That something different is "opportunity corner."

"It's just what its name represents, it is going to be a corner for opportunity," said Terra Leavell, executive Director of Canaan Community Development Corporation also known as CCDC. "It is for persons that live, play and work in the community."

CCDC is in the process turning the corner into outdoor market-style stores for aspiring entrepreneurs.

"We are looking for the individual in this community that has that positive hustle," Leavell explained.

The plan is to use shipping containers to house businesses on the property.

"You know, they're selling tee-shirts out of the back of their car, it is the grandmother who makes the best bowl of chili around," said Leavell.

"I can tell you that the shipping container boom has kind of hit Louisville," said Jeremy Semone, Contractor.

It looks small, but Semones said the containers will house several businesses.

"They're big enough to put a small cafe in, retail, I've even made a mobile DJ's booth out of one of them."

That's why neighbors like Luther Brown are already brainstorming.

"I love feeding people and I love our barbecue that we do all of the time, we've done it for several years, every Derby here in this area," said Brown.

Right now, the plan is to break ground in the next few months and to open for business by the end of the year.

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