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Kentucky Center for African American Heritage could be back on track

The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage could be back on track soon.  The project could be finished by the end of the year.

Right now, the center is more than a year behind schedule.  But Metro Louisville and the state are working together to finish the project by the end of the year.  And that's good news to the center's neighbors in west Louisville.

The conversation at most urban barber shops is typically dominated by the hot topic of the day.  A popular topic at The New T & B Classic Cuts on 18th and Muhammad Ali is the empty building across the street.  As barber Victor Davidson puts it, "They start and they stop and they start and they stop."  And he says he's, "just wondering when they going to open up."

Davidson says customers often have lots of questions about the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage:  "Everyone comes in and just wonders when it's going to be completed, and I have no answers for 'em."

But Kentucky State Senator Gerald Neal does have some answers:  "The heavyweight stuff has been done."  And he places some of the blame on Kentucky's former governor, Ernie Fletcher.  "The previous administration did not take an agressive position to move this project forward."

As a result, the project is a year behind schedule and counting, but Senator Neal says Governor Steve Bashear is commited to getting the center back on track:  "He's not only shown his willingness to move forward, but he's also put his administration in motion to bring and ask the questions of the federal government, what they need to do to get these things done."

When it is done, the center will help enhance the public's knowlege of the history, heritage and contributions of African Americans in Kentucky.  And Senator Neal says that could be sooner than you might imagine.  "I think this project will be finished by the end of this calendar year."

And that's what neighbors like Victor Davidson want, too, because he believes the center will add to his already established clientele.  "All the extra business we can get would be appreciated

Metro Councilman David Tandy is working with Senator Neal to help the city and state secure the funding to finish the project.  That will probably include a few fundraisers in the near future.

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