Author: loren

A new Russell neighborhood: Work starts on affordable-housing complex

From his apartment building across Ninth Street, Ed Powers can see the first blooms of a new Russell. The sight isn’t much to look at yet — just a dirt-covered lot surrounded by a tall wire fence. But come fall 2020, a fresh senior housing complex should rise from the property, signifying new life in a neighborhood […]

The Village @ West Jefferson receives funding needed to move forward

Jamesetta Ferguson retired from the University of Louisville School of Medical School in early February after more than 29 years in the Pathology Department. That means that she only has two jobs now – senior pastor of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in the Russell neighborhood and president of the Molo Village Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit […]

TARC ‘SmartStop’ decorated with stained glass

The finishing touches were added to the newest SmartStop in the Russell neighborhood. The Louisville Metro Housing Authority, architects from Luckett and Farley and members of the community decorated the bus stop at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ on West Jefferson Street. The bus stop now has positive words and images on colorful, stained […]

Empty factory in Russell neighborhood set to become mixed use development

The revitalization of west Louisville, and specifically the Russell neighborhood, forges ahead. A vacant warehouse at the corner of 15th Street and West Broadway is set to be transformed into a $34 million mixed-use development. The former candy factory, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, dates back to 1922. It’s sat vacant […]

SmART bus stop unveiled in Russell neighborhood

A new and improved bus shelter is popping up in the Russell neighborhood. The SmART Stop bus shelter was unveiled Friday morning in front of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ. The design features colorful acrylic pieces echoing the church’s stained glass windows. The new bus stop is part of the ongoing efforts for revitalize […]

Unearthing the Russell Neighborhood’s Rich, Diverse Past

The buildings have nothing left to give. Half sit empty, awaiting demolition, awaiting what’s next. So archeological excavators claw. Brick and siding crumble, messily but obediently. The Beecher Terrace public-housing complex, built in 1941, is a 760-unit barracks-style development now long out of fashion and well-worn. Watch the methodical deconstruction and thoughts gallop forward — to […]

Russell Neighborhood Health Center on the way

The Park DuValle Community Health Center is expanding its footprint in the Russell neighborhood by building a $3 million clinic at the corner of 15th Street and West Broadway. A groundbreaking will be held 9 a.m. Friday for the 11,000-square-foot Russell Neighborhood Health Center. The center is set to open next year, replacing a smaller clinic, located […]

Vacant lot in west Louisville transformed into ‘The Lilypad’

A vacant lot in west Louisville now has purpose, after one restaurant owner decided to open a community gathering place there. After about a year-and-a-half of planning, “The Lilypad” is ready to be used. It’s an open-air space, complete with platforms, chairs and benches. It’s located behind the Sweet Peaches building near the corner of South 18th […]