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Russell neighborhood residents to share input on $1.3 million in grant money

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Residents of Louisville's Russell neighborhood are deciding how and where to spend $1.3 million.

That money is coming from a federal grant that allows the people who live there to provide input on the improvements they want to see. And that is the purpose of several meetings this week.

"Very excited about the future and potential of Russell neighborhood," said Vachel Hudson, a long-time Russell neighborhood resident.

Hudson is working on a to do list for the neighborhood.

"There are some things that need to be addressed here in the area, such as vacant homes, vacant lots, fresh food, opportunities ... health care," Hudson said.

This week, Hudson and other Russell neighborhood resident are starting to share their ideas on how to spend the HUD grant money.

"Center for neighborhoods is going to start doing some polling in locations in the Russell neighborhood," said Tim Barry, Executive Director of the Metro Housing Department. "There will be online polling, so we can hear from the  who actually live in Russell, what they'd like to see."

Barry explained that, so far, the list includes Wi-Fi and all of the abandoned houses.

"Obviously, vacant and abandoned properties are something of concern to the people that, you know, have to live next door to them, but also to us in metro government," he said.

This is also part of a much bigger grant that would bring millions of dollars to the Russell neighborhood. That's easily enough money to fix the problem with the abandoned houses and more.

"The bigger grant is the implantation grant, and that's the one that's close to $30 million," Barry said. "We applied for that along with 34 others, so we are waiting to hear."

And that grant would be a game changer and eventually transform Beecher Terrace into much newer living space.

"The sky would be the limit once we get that grant," Hudson said.

That's why Hudson hopes to see his friends and neighbors at the meetings this week.

"We try to get as many people as possible to come out to these meetings so we can get their opinions," he said. "This thing is about the residents ... it's not about anybody else who lives outside of Russell."

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