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$2 million grant will repair Shawnee homes

Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (District 5) Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (District 5)
Bobbie Sanders Bobbie Sanders
Mike Almuhtaseb Mike Almuhtaseb

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - More than 100 homes in Louisville's Shawnee neighborhood will soon get a scheduled facelift thanks to a multi-million dollar federal grant.

Broken glass and entryways boarded with plywood are not an uncommon sight throughout portions of Louisville's Shawnee neighborhood. It's a problem District 5 Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton has spent the past two years in particular working with the community to change.

"We applied for Shawnee Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area funding from HUD which means we'll get two million dollars over the course of five years," said Hamilton.

Thanks to the multi-million dollar federal grant, 115 owner-occupied homes in the area will get up to $25,000 worth of repairs each. The Louisville Metro Community Services and Revitalization Department Residential Repair Team will administer the Shawnee Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA) rehab, focusing on exterior repairs and health and safety code violations.

"We're going to do windows, gutter{s}, roofs, painting, the whole shabang," said Hamilton.

That's good news to longtime Shawnee residents like Bobbie Sanders.

"That'll be great and I'm so glad to see it come to Shawnee," said Sanders who has lived in the area for the past 45 years. "I need insulation blown in and then I need some plumbing work real soon."

The repairs will be carried out over a five year span, targeting the following six areas:

  • West Market Street
  • River Park Drive
  • Southwestern/Northwestern Parkways
  • West Muhammad Ali Boulevard
  • Vermont Avenue
  • Broadway

"We're starting on the West Market Street corridor," said Hamilton.

Homeowners from Louis Coleman Jr. Drive to Shawnee Park will see the first improvements.

Word of the revitalization efforts excited local business owners, as well.

"This is a really busy intersection," began Mike Almuhtaseb, owner of T&L Food Mart. "So that will be great for the community and for us as business owners."

According to Hamilton, $400,000 will go toward repairing 23 homes this year, with work is set to begin on the NSRA revitalization in November.

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