Block of W. Market Street getting million dollar makeover


by WHAS11

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 8:40 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It's a sign of new life for an area of town, the Shawnee neighborhood, and the transformation is underway right now.

One block of West Market Street is getting a half million dollar makeover.

It's the border between the Russell and Portland neighborhoods; a thoroughfare to the Shawnee neighborhood.

And to Glenn Biddix, a resident of area, says it doesn’t look nice.

“Real, real rough; all the way through the system down here,” Biddix said.

In particular, the sidewalks; Biddix is still recovering from a nasty fall due to crumbling sidewalk several months ago.

“There's a whole half a block of it just messed up completely,” Biddix said. “That's why people don't walk down here. They’ve got nowhere to walk.”

That's about to change with more than $500,000 of improvements that include: planters, brick paver areas, lighting, trees, improving storm drainage, new asphalt paving, ramps for disabled people and new sidewalks.

“That's a good idea. Great idea. That's a great idea,” Biddix said.

“West Market Street is part of an important connector,” Cheri Bryant Hamilton, a Metro Council member, said.

Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton says this initial pilot project on one block of West Market and two more planned next year are critical investments to revitalize the area and attract businesses and stores.

“It's an area in transition and we don't want to see any further decline,” Hamilton said.

The improvements come after a study conducted about four years ago. Hamilton has represented this area for 13 years.