W. Louisville residents share questions, concerns about Food Port

Residents share questions, concerns about West Lou. Food Port

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Many neighbors say they want something at 30th and Market in West Louisville. The new question is what?

David Washington is against the Food Port and lives in the Portland neighborhood.

"Nobody had an opportunity to present a proposal, nobody had an opportunity to respond to a proposal – all of a sudden there was an announcement." he explained.

Close to a hundred people living in the Shawnee, Russell and Portland neighborhoods packed the Shawnee golf course clubhouse Monday evening and some say they weren't included on these plans.

Caroline Heine with Seed Capital of Kentucky and members of Metro Government were on hand to answer questions from neighbors.

They described the food port as serving and connecting the people of west Louisville with more local food options and no longer having to drive across town for the basic necessities.

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"This is not something that is happening to west Louisville we want it to be happening with the neighbors of west Louisville. It really is about job creation about wealth creation and really about bringing the community together," she said.

"These jobs they're talking about creating are for nine dollars and they aren't guaranteed," Washington said.

Key highlights of the Food Port include farms, plant nurseries, playgrounds, market spaces and no longer a bio-digester methane gas plant, that was removed from plans last week.

"The community has more concerns that it did perceived benefits and that's why we removed it," Heine said.

The battle continues but Heine says it's evident that neighbors are as passionate and that's what's needed and officials say construction could begin in early 2016.

"I don't want this at all but I do want an opportunity to create better paying jobs," Washington said.

Now that the methane gas plant is eliminated, developers say they have another five and a half acres they need to fill and they want neighbors to help in those decisions as well.


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