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Liberty Green

General Highlights  

  • Total Funding Cost: More than $200 million (a mix of public and private funds)
  • Phase I area: 4-blocks bounded by Jefferson, Jackson, Muhammad Ali and Clay
  • Phase II area: 2-blocks bounded by Jefferson, Clay, Muhammad Ali and Shelby
  • Clarksdale resident relocation complete
  • Clarksdale demolition complete
  • Construction began June 2005 and was completed June, 2009
  • Occupancy began Spring 2006
  • Price range: Leased apartments and town homes: $475 – $699 monthly (based on income); Home Sales: town houses priced from about $105,000 - $300,000

Projected economic impact of construction

  • To date, produced 200 additional jobs, paying nearly $6 million in wages
  • Life of project, 2,883 total jobs; 1,433 direct impact (jobs)* 
  • $85 million in total payroll; $42 million direct impact (payroll)
  • $8.1 million in state/local tax revenues; $5.2 million state, $2.9 million local
     
    *Direct effects refer to on-site activity attributable to actual spending funded through the Liberty Green project itself. The additional effects that produce the total jobs, wages, output and taxes are the result of the spin-off or multiplier effects

Leased apartment and town home amenities 

Includes, but is not limited to: wall-to-wall carpeting, central air, cultured marble vanity top, dishwasher, garbage disposal, washer dryer hookups, 9’ ceilings, internal wiring, some porches and ceiling fans, on-site management office.

Energy Star 

The Energy Star designation means than all constructed buildings and units are 30 percent more efficient than required by building codes, resulting in dramatic savings in energy costs for consumers who lease or purchase homes. Energy Star features include higher levels of insulation, high efficiency heating and cooling, energy efficient windows and enhanced ductwork (less drafty).   

Clay Street and portions of St. Boniface Place utilized pervious pavers to limit rain run-off into the combined sanitary/storm sewers and replenished the underground water table.

A new Community Center is being constructed with the goal of obtaining LEED rating. Construction should be complete Spring 2010.

Project Partners

Residents, Louisville Metro Housing Authority (LMHA), U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, Louisville Metro Government, housing developer partners, private lenders and investors.

LMHA Developer Partners

On-Site Leased Apartments and Town Homes: The Community Builders, Inc.

Off-Site: New Directions Housing Corporation and The Housing Partnership Inc.

For-Sale Town Houses (The Edge at Liberty Green): Bill Weyland and Holly Weidemann 

 

Liberty Green HOPE VI Goal

To develop a mixed-income community with heightened livability for residents, reintegrate the site into the fabric of adjoining neighborhoods, and reduce the negative effects of concentrations of low-income families in one tightly constrained area.
 

Neighborhood Design

Urban Design Associates crafted the master plan, building on the historic character of Louisville, using a mix of attractive housing types that will not distinguish or indicate the income of the residents.  The new community will include street improvements, parks and commercial development to serve residents. 
 

Programs and support for residents

Four case managers were hired; programs offered include, but are not limited to: computer training and job placement, GED, home ownership counseling, financial skills, construction training program, scholarship and Youth IDA program.
 

Clarksdale background

A 65-year old public housing development was comprised of 713 dwelling units and 15 non-dwelling units. 

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