A sports complex has been chosen for the redevelopment of a 24-acre vacant site in West Louisville.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A long vacant site in west Louisville will be redeveloped as a sports complex.
There were four proposals for the redevelopment of the 24-acre Heritage West site.
The Louisville Urban League’s idea for an indoor track and field facility was chosen by Metro Louisville for the city-owned site on West Muhammad Ali Boulevard.
The facility will provide a place where young people can build their confidence through track and field, said Sadiqa Reynolds, president and CEO of the Louisville Urban League.
“It really was track that was a big changer for me, to be able to win. I remember the first time that I won when I was running,” Reynolds said.
She hopes the indoor track and field facility will change other children’s lives.
“This is a little bit pie in the sky, but we’ve already received an RFP from USA Track and Field for their 2019 to 2020 indoor championships,” said Louisville Sports Commission CEO Karl Schmitt.
“How long will it be before the first track athlete, track and field athlete, will come out of this facility and win an Olympic gold medal?” Mayor Greg Fischer predicted.
Special events held there could also bring people into the community to spend money at nearby businesses, Reynolds said.
The idea was born in community meetings after plans for a local food hub collapsed.
“People were saying, ‘We’re not going to let this project die. We’re not going to let west Louisville die,'” councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton said.
The facility is expected to cost about $30 million, with a mix of funds coming from the city, philanthropists, corporate sponsors and private financing, Reynolds said.
It’s scheduled to open in 2020.