Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration wants to funnel a $7 million federal loan — provided to the city more than 20 years ago to create businesses and jobs in western Louisville — to the West End FoodPort project.
The proposal comes just five months after the city sold a 24-acre site in the Russell neighborhood worth $1.57 million to the food hub’s developers, Seed Capital Kentucky, for $1. It also includes a provision saying that the city would repay the loan if the developers do not.
Community advocates and entrepreneurs argue that the shift underscores a pattern of city officials denying West End businesses and nonprofits access to money promised to revitalize their neighborhoods.
“We’ve been shut out of this process historically, it’s just so obvious now that it’s pathetic,” said Joe McNealy, a tech entrepreneur who lives…