Goodwill Industries of Kentucky

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky (WDRB Photo).

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Goodwill plans to make a large investment in west Louisville.

Demolition started in April 2021 at the old Sypris Technology manufacturing plant near South 28th Street and West Broadway, making way for what Goodwill Industries of Kentucky is calling its first "opportunity campus" in the commonwealth.

There will be no secondhand store at the opportunity campus, which will be more than just a Goodwill headquarters.

Leaders plan for the 400,000-square-foot site to be a hub for resources: social services, financial assistance, entrepreneurship training, job placement, mental and behavioral health and more.

Goodwill Industries of Kentucky and Norton Healthcare have a news conference scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m. to discuss the $100 million investment in west Louisville. Gov. Andy Beshear and Mayor Greg Fischer are expected to be in attendance.

Cynthia Brown, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the Louisville Urban League, said any money coming into the west end is good.

"There's been just a decline of just even just grocery stores and little mom and pop shops, even those have gone away," Brown said. "So I would like to see a return to that to where we can have thriving businesses which in turn you know, I think make thriving communities as well."

Brown said there's a perception of the west end but with investments like this, it's a way to turn things around.

"But west Louisville as a whole is full of really good people, talented people, people with ideas, people with hopes and dreams. So I think that if you kind of get the runway for those people to take off on those dreams, then you'll see some changes in west Louisville, and hopefully that will start to change those perceptions," she said.

Brown also lives in the west end and said she's seen Norton's Healthcare Sports and Learning Center blossom, so to know Norton is getting involved on another project is a good sign.

"Just seeing that physical structure take shape was pretty pretty inspiring and kind of gave me some hope for some change in our neighborhoods," she said.

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