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Louisville plans economic development of 900 block of West Main

Seeking proposals to draw people, businesses

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 12, 2014) — Seeking to improve connectivity and development opportunities, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced today a new opportunity to improve the appearance and safety for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists—and to help encourage business growth in the Russell, Shippingport and Portland neighborhoods.

The city is now accepting proposals from firms interested in bidding for the $150,000 streetscape improvement project.

“Re-imagining 9th Street was a key project from the Vision Louisville initiative,” Fischer said. “Making improvements to this critical link between downtown and Shippingport/Portland begins to implement that vision and enhances our revitalization efforts in West Louisville. A creative and dynamic approach to this new project is paramount and will help people navigate to the Russell and Shippingport/Portland neighborhoods that are witnessing new growth and investment.”

The area located under the I-64 exit-ramp, leading to 9th street, is seeing increased usage due to the presence of strong community anchors such as Caufield’s and E & S Gallery along with the creation of new business and attractions such as Old 502 Winery, Falls City Brewing Company, Kentucky Peerless Distilling and Over the 9 restaurant.

This project is one part of Louisville’s broader strategy to revitalize West Louisville. Recently, the Business Improvement District of The Downtown Partnership expanded westward by seven blocks – from 9th to 12th streets between Market and Rowan streets. In addition, the city and the Waterfront Development Corporation are also working on fundraising for Waterfront Phase IV to bring new greenspace and recreation to Portland and other neighborhoods—and the CHOICE Neighborhoods project is re-imagining Beecher Terrace and the east Russell neighborhood.

The 9th street project request for proposals (RFP) released today is for design and construction services related to streetscape improvements with an emphasis on lighting under the 9th St. overpass to encourage pedestrian and business activity beyond the 800 block of West Main The total design and construction budget shall not exceed $150,000.