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'Dixie Do-over' expected to bring in more businesses

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- People who live and work near Dixie Highway are happy to see changes finally coming. And with that change comes economic opportunity.

The Dixie Do-over is far from being done, but it is already bringing in new businesses like a new $23 million Kroger Marketplace, the first in our area.

People who live and work around Dixie Highway are ready for the new Dixie Highway through west and southwest Louisville. The city wants input at two public meetings. The first meeting will be Sept. 14 at the Southwest Regional airport, and the second meeting is set for Sept. 15 at Wheatley Elementary. Both meetings will be held from 5-7 p.m. 

"I'd like to see an IHOP, because the only closest IHop is like all the way out in Hurstbourne, and I hate east end, too much traffic," Melonie Burgett said.

"More shopping centers, more sidewalks for people, bike lanes for people," Tare Robinson said.

"Few more trees ... it'd be nice to have a little bit more of a green area," said Tony Osting, who works nearby.

"It's the heaviest-traveled corridor in our region, but it needs to be a destination, not just a corridor," said Metro Council President David Yates. "There are a lot of families in that area (that) have made the demand for retail and shopping, just to improve the quality of life."

Yates tried to convince more family oriented businesses to move to Dixie several years ago when he first took office.

"I couldn't get anyone to even return my calls. My friends who are developers, they said, 'you know, it doesn't really seem like an area where I want to put my resources David,'" Yates said. "Now, they're returning my calls. Now, they're talking about investing."

That is because $50 million in funding came through to re-do Dixie Highway. The area has already landed the new $23 million Kroger Marketplace and several restaurants.

"Dixie Highway is an area for a long time that I felt had been forgotten," Yates said.

Work on the Dixie "Do-over" has already begun, but major projects start next year. People in the area will see wider sidewalks, defined crosswalks and a more efficient bus line. Signal times and traffic flow will improve for the 60,000 vehicles that travel the 14-mile stretch each day.

"It gets you from one place to another," Osting said. "It's functional, but it's not very attractive."

"We're gonna have to beautify it," Yates said. "If you're going to sell your house, you've got to make sure you have that curb appeal. We've got to make it safer, we have to make it more mobile, and I think that will help increase the economic activity.

"It'll be a new Dixie Highway. I'm excited about it."

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