LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Residents of the Russell neighborhood got a sneak peak Tuesday night at plans for much of west Louisville.

The 20-year redevelopment plan of nearly $1 billion is focusing on several of west Louisville's neighborhoods, nearly $300 million of which will be spent around the Russell neighborhood.

On Tuesday night, dozens of residents and business owners from the neighborhood met at the Louisville Urban League to look at renderings and speak with Develop Louisville officials.

Three projects were displayed, including re-designing the Ninth Street corridor, realignment of 18th Street at West Broadway and the planned westward expansion of River Road to 15th Street.

The realignment of 18th Street is scheduled to begin in August.

“It’s a bad intersection, anyway,” said Robert Hayes, who owns a deli at the corner.

Recent redevelopment plans and construction of the new YMCA and Passport Health across the street give him optimism of more business to the area. The Reimagine Ninth Street plan calls for more green space and sidewalks further back from the busy road that connects to I-64.

“It’s a great way to get trucks to and from the interstate and to the industrial areas to the south, but it’s not really supporting the heavy residential uses,” said Jeff O’Brien of Develop Louisville.

The Beecher Terrace Apartments that border Ninth Street will be torn down, and a new mix-use development, including apartments, will be added. The first nine buildings of Beecher Terrace are scheduled to be demolished in the fall.

Those at Tuesday's open house are excited for what the change could bring to the Russell neighborhood.

“Just the whole development scheme that’s going to empower this area ... I think is great,” said Ron Jones, who lives in west Louisville.

Metro Council recently appropriated $180,000 for the Ninth Street corridor now that planning phase is wrapping up. Construction on that could begin in 2022.

Other public meetings scheduled include:

  • July 16 at 6 p.m. -- Yearlings Club, 4309 W. Broadway
  • July 28 at 12 p.m. -- 5 p.m. at Shelby Park, 600 E. Oak Street

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