LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The City of Louisville is breaking ground and breaking way to revitalize its third housing project in the city. Sheppard Square, which was built in 1943, will have a new face. Former Sheppard Square resident Ruby David-Hyde is ready for the change.
“With my background in community development and revitalization it was time,” David-Hyde said. “Ten years ago it would have been different if you asked me. It is time to bring a new face to the community.”
The $101 million project will convert the low-income housing into a mixed income neighborhood, similar to the redeveloped Park Duvalle and Liberty Green neighborhoods. The project is part of a federal program where officials believe redeveloping the complex will help reduce crime, a problem Sheppard Square has had for years.
“When you break that up, there is no reason for [criminal activity] to be on sight,” Tim Barry, Executive Director of Louisville Housing Authority said. “But you have to give people an opportunity to come back. That is what we have done with Park Duvalle, Liberty Green and will do the same with Sheppard Square.”
Latosha White moved to Liberty Green eight months ago with her family from City View in Louisville. She says her experience in a mixed income neighborhood has been positive.
“It['s] kind of like Park DuValle that it is the up and coming district,” White said. “It is a really nice area. I really love living here and my kids really love living here.”
The first building will be complete and occupied by December 2013. Former Sheppard Square residents will be the first people to have an opportunity to move back to the neighborhood. Units will be specifically assigned for eligible families who need public housing assistance. The entire project will be complete by December 2015.