LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A troubled neighborhood in Louisville's West End will soon be upgraded. 

The Louisville Metro Housing Authority and Louisville Metro Government have been awarded a $29.575 million FY2016 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant for the Russell Neighborhood.

The Russell neighborhood spans from Market to Broadway, and from 9th Street to 32nd Street. About 11,000 residents live there.

Louisville will use the money to begin replacing the 758-unit Beecher Terrace public housing complex with 640 high-quality, mixed-income housing units. 

The site will also feature a new park with sports fields, a community pool, and a pavilion that will feature festivals and cultural events.

That's the biggest part of the plan, but the grant is also expected to create educational and economic opportunities for families, help with start-ups, and fill a gap in funding for the construction of a 30,000 sq. ft. office park and retail development.

Jefferson County Public Schools will lead partners in bolstering quality early education and launching an innovative school Transformation Model to turn around Roosevelt Perry Elementary School. 

The hope is to return the neighborhood to its historic roots, while getting rid of current stigmas. 

Louisville is one of five cities nationwide getting grant money. Denver and St. Louis are also on the list.


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