WAVE 3 News Editorial - May 14, 2019: Opportunities in west Louisville

WAVE 3 News Editorial - May 14, 2019: Opportunities in west Louisville

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The future home for Passport Health has been vacant for months now.

Construction of the new Passport headquarters ceased in February. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Construction of the new Passport headquarters ceased in February. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

Construction at 18th and Broadway in west Louisville was halted due to a dispute over state cuts to Passport Health Plan’s Medicaid business that Passport says threatens its future.

We hope those issues are resolved soon and construction quickly resumes. Passport manages Medicaid health coverage for more than 30,000 people.

Ground is expected to be broken this summer on the future home of the Louisville Urban League Sports and Learning Complex. It will be built on a 24-acre brown field at 30th and West Muhammad Ali.

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Half of the $35 million needed for the project has been raised. Organizers say the complex could bring up to 30,000 people into our community each year with disposable income. That’s an economic opportunity that doesn’t come often. The land would also house a concert venue for nearly 6,000 people.

We appreciate all who have helped bring this project to fruition and hope it becomes a community jewel.

This neighborhood will also soon see a new branch of the YMCA of Greater Louisville, expected to open before the end of the year. It will include an on-site pediatric and family medicine clinic.

Investments like these are difference-makers. We need more to come in this area for Louisville to attract and keep more people.

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