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Russell neighbors asked for input on community's future

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This rendering depicts how the Russell neighborhood might look after a multi-million dollar revitalization project is complete. This rendering depicts how the Russell neighborhood might look after a multi-million dollar revitalization project is complete.
Pamela Haines, who owns a business in the Russell neighborhood, is excited about the city's plans to revitalize the neighborhood. Pamela Haines, who owns a business in the Russell neighborhood, is excited about the city's plans to revitalize the neighborhood.
Gretchen Milliken with Louisville Forward says plans to improve the Russell neighborhood are based on input from its residents. Gretchen Milliken with Louisville Forward says plans to improve the Russell neighborhood are based on input from its residents.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Thousands of people in the Russell neighborhood are getting a chance to shape the future.

It is part of a multi-million dollar plan to revitalize the neighborhood.

"Cooking and baking was always my passion," said Pamela Haines, who owns her own business called Sweet Peaches.

A few years ago, Haines turned her talent in the kitchen into a deli and bakery at the corner of 18th and Muhammad Ali in the Russell neighborhood.

"I put my passion to work with my work experience and came up with Sweet Peaches," Haines explained. 

The neighborhood has seen its share of crime and violence in recent years but with the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage just across the street, and Vision Russell in the works, Haines is excited about the future.

"It will help boost my business," Haines said. "Build it and they'll come."

Part of the multi-million dollar plan to revitalize the Russell neighborhood is now on paper. It includes before and after pictures.

"Everything in the transformation plan is based on what people have been telling us," said Gretchen Milliken, With Louisville Forward.

Milliken is director of advanced planning for Louisville Forward and said the artist renderings are what neighbors have asked for but they're accepting more input. "We're looking for additional feedback -- did we get it right, is this what you thought when you gave us your ideas, is this how you would have imagined it?"

There have been meetings, workshops and focus groups to get your input. This Saturday, April 16 11:00 a.m -12:30 p.m. (Community Conversation on Crime & Safety) and 1:00-2:30 p.m. (Design Workshop 2). The meetings will be held at the Louisville Central Community Center's Old Walnut Street Campus.

"I am going to go to that meeting on Saturday," Haines said, 

Haines is looking forward to seeing the plans and growing with the Neighborhood. "I am just ready to go, when they go...I'm going to go."

The plan is for the transformation work to start soon but the entire project will take 10 to 15 years to complete.

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