About the Project

Residents of Southwest Louisville envision their neighborhoods as a community with tremendous
potential. With a culture rooted in the land-use aesthetics of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Iroquois Park
and Southern Parkway, the New Cut Road/Taylor Boulevard Corridor is prime for developing the
boulevard concept.

Neighborhood and business areas are interspersed, affording the opportunity to cluster activities,
develop appropriate signage and attract supporting businesses. Safe neighborhoods that embrace the culture of the corridor are priorities for the community. We seek to reinvest in the infrastructure and housing stock of our neighborhoods, while preserving our cultural heritage.

The 2012 Corridor Plan is the culmination of a process sponsored by former Louisville Metro Council members Vicki Aubrey Welch, Marianne Butler, Dan Johnson, and David Yates. The overall goal of this project is to develop a plan for the New Cut Road/Taylor Boulevard Corridor extending from the Watterson Expressway south to the Gene Snyder Expressway. The intention is to develop a community-based vision for the corridor that will lead to investment in physical improvements and that will support economic development that maximizes the benefits of the corridor’s assets for the surrounding neighborhoods. The Corridor is the gateway from the Watterson Expressway to adjacent neighborhoods and to significant recreational, arts, and equine activities, including Iroquois Park and Amphitheater, Jefferson Memorial Forest, and Fairdale Village. Benefits of an improved Corridor include: better promotion of area attractions; better opportunities for small businesses; stimulation of the area housing market; and a more attractive and functional “Main Street” for local neighborhoods.

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Task Force Members

Meeting Minutes

Rep. McKenzie Cantrell, Kentucky State House District 38

Nicole George, Councilmember, Metro Council District 21

Janet Heston, Community Member

Councilwoman Amy Holton Stewart, Louisville Metro Council District 25

Vince Jarboe, Vince Jarboe State Farm Insurance

Rebecca Katz, Executive Director, Southwest Dream Team

Director Michael King, Louisville Metro Advanced Planning & Sustainability

Bennett Knox, Jefferson Memorial Forest & Natural Areas

Daniel Luckett, Legislative Aide, Metro Council District 15

Barbara Nichols, Legislative Aide, Metro Council District 13

Craig Oeswein, Owner/Operator, Taylor Blvd. Save-A-Lot

Brian Powell, Legislative Assistant, Louisville Metro Council District 25

Rachel Roarx, Legislative Aide, Metro Council District 21

Kevin Triplett, Councilmember, Metro Council District 15

Committees

Land Use

This committee will work with local officials to rezone parts of the northern and southern corridor anchors in order to encourage unified community development and attract potential retail development.

Mobility

This committee will work to make the corridor roadways safer, more functional, and more attractive, particularly for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Economic Development

This committee will focus on the redevelopment of key sites along the corridor, including the former Iroquois Homes site and nearby properties (the “Northern Anchor”).

Corridor Identity

This committee will consider the possibility of changing the name of the corridor and develop a brand identity that includes banners, welcome signs, and a consistent system of plantings and street furniture (including benches, trash receptacles, and bus shelters).

Contact

Southwest Dream Team

PO Box 58933

Louisville, KY 40268

502-230-8008

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Network Achievements

See what we've accomplished since April 2021
  • TARC improvements at Park Blvd
  • Relocation of TARC stop to Kenwood- $22K (new concrete pad, shelter, stop) – ask chris has it moved? It went fast
  • Two (2) cleanups collecting 20 bags of litter
  • Partner with Center for Neighborhood’s PAINT program mural
  • Launched Iroquois Housing Engagement Project
  • Plan for Lead Pedestrian Interval & updated crosswalks at Taylor & Bicknell, Taylor & Bluegrass, New Cut & Kenwood
  • Relocation of pedestrian buttons/walk heads to inspire use at Bicknell
  • New Cut & Kenwood plan for high visibility crosswalks and audible signals
  • Elevated New Cut Taylor corridor to evaluate the coordinated signal timing patterns
  • Bluegrass signal evaluation adding more green time for the northbound left turn movement
  • KYTC agreed to a HSIP study from Palatka to Ashland- Safety study for vehicular traffic but will allow pedestrian improvements (Can we share?)
  • New Cut/Taylor was boosted by KIPDA for recommended State funding. KIDPA ID2769- 2nd highest scoring project just behind Greewood Rd.
  • MSD Tree-planting grant
  • Press from Iroquois Housing

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