One West receives community development loan
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – If you walk around the West End community of Louisville, it won’t take long for you to notice a disturbing trend. Elmore George III, who has lived in the West End his entire life, said countless plank houses are going to be destroyed.
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- One West is a community development company focused on revitalizing the West End
- The organization has three ongoing abandoned property improvement projects
- One West is one of the organizations donated by Spectrum News 1’s parent company, Charter
“The West End used to be very beautiful, there were beautiful trees, tree lines and the houses were beautiful,” said George.
This memory has been replaced by vacant houses and abandoned buildings.
“We just took it down. It has to get its act together, ”he said.
George could soon see big changes in the community he loves so much. One West, a community development company, is focused on restoring the vibrancy of the West End by increasing its business development to stimulate employment opportunities and business development.
The organization has several ongoing projects.
The Royal Theater on Broadway is being transformed into a 10-unit shopping center. According to One West’s plans, the mall will house a convenience store, restaurant, daycare, dentist, nail salon, hair salons, clothing store and pawnshop.
A vacant five-story warehouse, also on Broadway, is being transformed into a mixed-use building. One West will manage the office and retail space on the lower level. The plan is to partner with Housing Partnership Inc. to use the upper floors for affordable senior housing.
“We really don’t have a place to sit and eat. It’s all fast food, ”added George.
There will be soon. On 18th Street, a vacant lot and two shotgun houses will be transformed into two restaurant accelerators with an outdoor dining area.
“I’ve been alone in this area for a long time,” said Pamela Haines, owner of Sweet Peaches grocery and bakery on 18th Street.
Haines is delighted that new restaurants are joining the street.
“For a long time there was nothing here. There was no hope that nothing would even come here, and when One West came and they saw the opportunity, I’m glad they did because we needed something here, and they gave us hope, ”Haines said.
Haines said One West was one of its first restaurant customers eight years ago, and when COVID hit, the organization occupied it with orders to feed the community.
“I got through COVID thanks to One West and generosity,” Haines said.
The restaurant incubator will also be available for small shows and community arts activities.
“Once we get it back together and stuff, I think it’s going to be great,” said George. “In 10 years, I think those who try to move will try to come back here. “
One West is one of the organizations donated by Spectrum News 1’s parent company, Charter. Wednesday August 25 at Norton Healthcare Sports and Learning Center – Charter Communications donated $ 1 million to Hope Credit Union in Louisville.
Governor Andy Beshear, Senate Speaker Robert Stivers (R), Representative John Yarmuth (D), Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and others were on hand.
The money will be used to provide loans to small businesses that meet the basic needs of underserved communities. The aim is to help create new jobs and strengthen businesses.
In all, Charter provided $ 3 million to invest in small businesses in Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama.