Yarmuth: $5.1 million in federal funds to help projects in Louisville

Congressman John Yarmuth said funds for the 10 community projects were included in the Omnibus appropriations package signed into law by President Biden on Tuesday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — More federal funding to invest in the community is being directed to Louisville.

Congressman John Yarmuth said $5.1 million for 10 community projects was included in the Omnibus appropriations package signed into law by President Biden on Tuesday.

According to Yarmuth, the investments are part of a 12-bill government funding package that would “help middle-class families with the cost of living, jobs, support vulnerable communities and help small businesses and restaurants.

“From investing in our community to promoting racial equity and accessibility, this funding will help support Louisville and the exceptional people who call it home,” Yarmuth said in a press release. “Combined with increased funding levels for essential government programs, this legislation represents a monumental investment in working families, our youth and our entire community. I am proud to have worked hard to ensure that these local projects were included in this legislation, and I am honored to see President Biden enact it.

The funds, requested through the House Appropriations Committee’s community project funding process, will help various projects around the city, including a few in West Louisville.

West Louisville food incubator Chef Space will receive $330,000 to help provide equipment, storage and space to help them develop a consumer packaged goods operation in the Russell neighborhood.

Funding of approximately $250,000 will help the Louisville Metropolitan Government’s Black and Diverse Business Wealth Initiative. It will be used for a workforce development program, providing business and entrepreneur training to help build capacity for black and diverse businesses in Louisville.

The city is set to receive $1 million to repair or replace sidewalks while removing barriers to accessibility and improving pedestrian safety.

Louisville Parks Alliance Maple Street Project will get $500,000 to turn seven blocks of the California neighborhood into a 20-plus-acre public park.

MSD’s Park Duvalle Community Odor Control Improvements project will get $480,000 for repairs to 109 locations in the neighborhood to prevent odor-causing hydrogen sulfide gases from escaping sewers. They say the funding will help them install and rehabilitate sump traps where odors can linger, especially in hot, dry summers.

YouthBuild’s Smoketown Hopebox community space project will receive $600,000 in funding. This project plans to reimagine the community center as a shared space, housing a laundromat health clinic, business incubator, and flexible space while providing much-needed amenities to the underserved community.

The final portion of the funds, $50,000, will go towards shoreline erosion issues in Chickasaw Park. The funding will help Wilderness Louisville conduct a feasibility study of bank failure issues and problems along the Ohio River Park coastline. The US Army Corps of Engineers will support the study.

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