Russell Neighborhood http://wfpl.org en West Louisville Neighborhood Leaders Want Transparency in 'Walmart Deal' http://wfpl.org/post/west-louisville-neighborhood-leaders-want-transparency-walmart-deal <p>Neighborhood leaders in west Louisville want more information about a development project at the old Philip Morris plant.</p><p>Last November, <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/walmart-deal-coming-philip-morris-site-west-louisville-sources-say">WFPL reported a deal was in the works to bring a Walmart</a> to the southwest corner of Dixie Highway and Broadway in the California area.</p><p>Since then community leaders, labor groups and elected officials have engaged in an at times fiercely worded debate over the retail giant.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:08:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8461 at http://wfpl.org West Louisville Neighborhood Leaders Want Transparency in 'Walmart Deal' City Purchases Land to Attract Jobs, Development in West Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/city-purchases-land-attract-jobs-development-west-louisville <p>Mayor Greg Fischer announced Friday that Metro Government has purchased a 30-acre piece of land in west Louisville that it plans to market to companies wishing to expand or relocate to the city.</p><p>The property is the former headquarters of National Tobacco located at 30th and Muhammad Ali Blvd. It will cost the city $1.2 million to buy from state government, with $750,000 coming from a settlement with the state over an unrelated right-of-way dispute.</p><p>The other $500,000 was allocated by the mayor last year in the city budget to buy brown space in the West End.</p><p>"This property is ideal and ready for development," Fischer said in a news release. "The site is clear with no significant environmental issues. It’s on a rail line, abuts the interstate and is surrounded by a ready workforce."</p><p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 19:07:07 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 3615 at http://wfpl.org City Purchases Land to Attract Jobs, Development in West Louisville Mayor Fischer Moves State of the City Address to West Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/mayor-fischer-moves-state-city-address-west-louisville <p>Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced Monday he will deliver this year’s State of the City address at the <a href="http://www.kcaah.org/">Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage</a> in the Russell neighborhood.</p><p>The speech is scheduled for January 24 and is traditionally delivered before the Rotary Club in downtown. According to the mayor's office, Fischer wants to move the address to different parts of the city each year and the Rotary accepted the suggestion to move it to west Louisville.</p><p>"The annual speech is about the state of the entire city, so it’s only natural that it’s delivered in different areas of our great city," Fischer said in a news release.</p><p>The mayor also asked the group to open the event up to the public.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 15:30:27 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 3290 at http://wfpl.org Mayor Fischer Moves State of the City Address to West Louisville