A resolution transferring the 24 acres of surplus property at 30th and Muhammad Ali Blvd. to Seed Capital KY for the development of the West Louisville FoodPort was passed unanimously by the Council’s Labor & Economic Development committee on February 2. The full council will pass the transfer on February 11.

This $31 million (Phase 1) project is a transformative economic and community development project for West Louisville.

Located in the Russell area, the site sits at the juncture of three District 5 neighborhoods of Russell, Shawnee and Portland.

The 80-member and growing FoodPort Community Council meets monthly, and if you want to get involved or find out more about the project, please contact Charles Booker at 502-272-2407, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Caroline Heine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Last week the Chicago-based company, Farmed Here announced that it would build a $23.5 million indoor farm at the West Louisville FoodPort. If all goes as planned, an August groundbreaking is projected.

Thursday, February 11th at 6:30 pm

The Shawnee Neighborhood Association General Membership Meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, February 11th at 6:30 pm due to the snow. Come out and support and hear about what’s happening in your neighborhood!

From the December 17 newsletter from the office of Cheri Bryant Hamilton, District 5 Councilwoman:

Metro Parks and Recreation will offer adjusted Community Center hours and free activities for kids from Monday, December 21 to Thursday, December 31 while most Jefferson County Public Schools and Archdiocese of Louisville schools are on winter break.

The Neighborhood Institute is a neighborhood leadership-education program established in 1987 by the Center For Neighborhoods, a non-profit civic organization. The Neighborhood Institute equips neighborhood leaders with the resources necessary to effect positive change by acting through and with their neighborhoods.

Classes will meet every Monday at Oak and Acorn Intergenerational Center located at 631 S. 28th Street beginning October 26th through November 30 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Dinner provided.

Through a series of presentations, discussions, and learning exercises, Russell Neighborhood Institute will connect members of the community with each other, resources, and potential partners (government, non-profit, and community associations) to move their ideas and dreams into action.

Each class will seek to address questions such as:

  • What is our vision for the future of our neighborhood?
  • How do we become civically engaged?
  • How do we create community?
  • How can we organize?
  • What partnerships can we develop and engage?
  • What opportunities are available?

To register for the seven-week program contact John Hawkins at 502-589-0343 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..