Park Hill area of Louisville may be in for some big changes - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Park Hill area of Louisville may be in for some big changes

The Park Hill area of Louisville may be in for some big changes. That's because there's talk these days, about investing in an area that many say is just right for the next generation.

It's a future that looks good on paper.  Abandoned industrial sites and neglected neighborhoods, that could become an incredible redevelopment opportunity.  The Park Hill area of Louisville, is a part of the city desperate for change.

A change in living conditions and a change in the business climate.  Especially in and around the Park Hill industrial corridor.  It was once a great center of industry.  Jerry Abramson, Metro Mayor says, "What we want is a exceptional amount of investment and job creation and businesses to be able to grow and expand in this area."

An area of some 250 downtown blocks, or 1,200 football fields. It includes several manufacturing plants and closed industrial facilities, places like Phillip Morris, American Standard and Reynolds Metals.  Tuesday night was the kickoff of sorts, to get the public involved in a process that's designed to bring the area back to life.

Bruce Traughber, Economic Development Director says, "To create a lively vibrant neighborhood that connects the residents and the houses to the businesses and creates new commercial opportunities."  An urban design firm out of northern Virginia, has started a nine month process, gathering input and developing strategies to improve Park Hill.

They'll be looking at business, retail, transportation, industrial opportunities and neighborhood connections.  One recent study reveals, the Park Hill industrial corridor, when fully developed, could generate 2,700 jobs for the community and provide an economic impact of up to $336 million a year.

Abramson says, "Hope is we can take these 1,200 football fields in the area, just an incredible number to be able to insure that we can see major investment and major jobs for the neighborhood and for others."

The Park Hill industrial corridor touches residential communities including Parkway Place, the California Neighborhood and Old Louisville.

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