Louisville city leaders revealed plans for the development of 2 opportunity campus projects worth US$ 100M, within a 20-acre complex located at Broadway and 28th Street, in Louisville’s West end.
David James, the Metro Council President said the projects were a dream come true for the citizens of west Louisville. The opportunity campus projects include the construction of a US$ 70M Norton Healthcare hospital, along with a US$ 30M headquarters for Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, and spaces will also be reserved for other local social service organizations, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and KentuckianaWorks.
The hospital is reportedly quite significant, as it will be the first one in over a century to be built in the region, which is mostly occupied by African Americans.
Features of the proposed Louisville Opportunity Campus’ Norton Healthcare Hospital
The Health facility will include offices for adult and pediatric physicians, and provide spaces for 20 inpatient beds. On-site diagnostic services such as X-ray machines and CT scan equipment will also be installed in the facility. In addition, the facility will have a 24-hour emergency department to offer these services.
Construction on Goodwill Industries of Kentucky is expected to begin later this year at the opportunity campus. Amy Luttrell, the Goodwill President, and CEO mentioned that the employees would be able to move into the building by 2023. This new building will serve as the company’s Kentucky headquarters and also give visitors access to job training programs, child care and youth mentoring, legal and restorative justice services, and other lifestyle programs.
Expectations for the project
Governor Andy Beshear also praised the opportunity campus projects and he mentioned that they would make a huge economic impact on the Parkland corner, which is just across the street from the Broadway Kroger grocery.
Governor Beshear mentioned that the project was expected to bring in over 200 construction jobs, and this was just the tip of the iceberg. He explained that once the campus was opened and all tenants had moved in, it would create 200 employment opportunities for the residents, with an average pay of uS$ 59K per annum.