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Construction resumes on Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage

Construction has resumed on a museum in west Louisville being built to honor the contribution African-Americans have made to our region.  It's been a long road to get the project back on track, and there still appear to be a few bumps in the road ahead.

The Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage has been in the planning stages for more than a decade.  The dream -- to turn an old trolley barn at 18th and Muhammad Ali into a local landmark.

Governor Beshear has released $5.5 million dollars in federal funds to get the project moving again.  Its been delayed for several years over questions about how the money was being spent .

However, the previous contractor says the the museum still owes it money.  The board, which will operate the museum, wants to raise another $5 million to pay for its operation, exhibits, and to retire the existing debt.

The board says almost half the money has already been raised.  McCravy says the Heritage Board plans to pay the previous contractor, but the amount owed is still in dispute.

Construction resumed last week.

The museum plans to have exhibits that celebrate the cultural, historical, and artistic contributions African-Americans have made to the region.  There will also classrooms and lecture halls.

Now that the city has oversight responsibilities for the project, things are expected to run more smoothly.  The museum is also expected to be catalyst for future development in the Russell neighborhood.

It's now expected to open next summer.  Total cost -- $25 million.

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