Metro Council to vote on $10M to improve Russell neighborhood

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Urban League wants $10 million from the city to build a track and field complex in west Louisville, but one hurdle must be cleared before that can happen. 

Metro Council will vote on funding part of the $30 million project at its Tuesday evening meeting at City Hall. 

During the meeting, council members could decide if the city will allocate $10 million toward the revitalization of the Heritage West site. City leaders have been planning an indoor/outdoor track and field facility that can seat more than 4,000 people.

It would also provide retail and hotel opportunities -- with hopes to revitalize the area. The 24-acre property is in the Russell Neighborhood at South 30th and West Muhammad Ali Blvd.

The proposed name for the stadium is “The Track on Ali."

The Louisville Urban League and the city have worked out a development deal $10 million in city funds. The Urban League will raise the remaining $20 million to complete the project.

Democrat Barbara Sexton Smith, who represents Louisville's fourth district, says she believes the council will approve the funds. 

“I believe that this will pass," Sexton said. "Will everyone vote for it? I don’t know that yet. But what I would like folks to watch very closely, not just tonight but watch it all year long — how do your metro council members vote?”

The people behind the project say the facility will host national competitions for groups like USA Track and Field and the NCAA.

The facility is expected to boost and create businesses in the Russell neighborhood.

Construction is scheduled to start early in 2019.

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