LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A list of primary contractors was released for the West Louisville YMCA.
The project is a $28 million investment and work has begun. Excavating is underway, equipment is operating, and there are plenty of materials around.
The construction of the 77,500 square feet facility is being managed by WEHR and Harmon Construction.
A diversity and inclusion consultant, TKT and Associates, also hired to make sure at least 20 percent of the contracts would go to minority owned businesses, and that at least 5 percent of contracts will go to businesses owned by women.
Tierra Kavanaugh Wayne, the founder and CEO of TKT and Associates, announced a list of 20 prime contractors.
"The minority and women owned businesses in the construction industry is a big challenge sometimes, it's just the representation," Debbie Goldberg said.
Debbie Goldberg's cabinet business, Classic Cabinets and Millwork, is one of contractors working on the West End YMCA.
"Getting companies and business entities to step up and actually invest in the community is desperately needed," Goldberg said.
Goldberg recognizes the impact of the project that is expected to be completed in mid 2019.
Wayne said the value of the group of contractors and their subcontractors represents 32.16 percent minority owner businesses and 4.79 percent women owned businesses.
"The YMCA and all the activity going on west of 9th street is really about empowerment," Kavanaugh Wayne said.
In the past community members have expressed concerns that the project's workforce would be inclusive of the West End community.
Kavanaugh Wayne says while none of the contractors are West Louisville businesses a majority are in Louisville looking for local labor.
"The first step to doing that is economic empowerment and you can't do that without a job more importantly we are hoping these jobs transcend into careers," Kavanaugh Wayne said.
At this point there are no plans to hold another West End YMCA job fair.