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Hamilton to Hold Special Meeting About Shawnee Neighborhood

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, D-5, is offering residents of the Shawnee neighborhood an opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas about future development at a special meeting.

For the past few years, Metro Government has conducted a study of what the west Louisville neighborhood should do to attract businesses and become more desirable. The goal is to update a neighborhood plan that will develop the area over the next two decades, which hasn’t been done since 1982.

“There has been much progress in the Shawnee area in the last few years,” says Hamilton. “The people who live in this area best know how this community should grow for the future.”

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Shawnee Library Reopens

An improved Shawnee Library will open Saturday after being closed eight months for a $1.3 million upgrade.

The project has nearly doubled the space for the west Louisville branch, which is located on 40th and Broadway, adding news books and computers, and a children and teenage area.

The work included a two-floor expansion that added 6,000 square feet to the historic structure, which was first built in 1938. Funding was secured through a federal grant allocation and private donations from the Library Foundation.

Louisville Free Public Library Director Craig Buthod says residents have missed the branch, but renovating the 73-year-old structure was important because of growing demand.

“The library serves a community that is eager for library service. We’ve learned that both from the years we’ve operated there and from the short period when we’ve been closed. We’ve heard from people that they need and love their Shawnee library. Getting this library updated and expanded has been part of our master plan from the beginning. It feels good to have one more piece of the master plan accomplished,” he says.

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Postal Service Mulls Closing Three Louisville Locations

The U.S. Postal Service released a list Tuesday of 3,653 post offices that could be closed, including three in Louisville. But local civil rights leaders are concerned about one of the sites being reviewed because it serves as the only retail store in the city’s West End.

Thousand of offices are being studied for possible closure because of “lower foot traffic and revenue,” as the financially troubled agency continues to find ways to cut costs.  In fiscal year 2010, the Postal Service suffered a $8.5 billion net loss and posted a loss of $2.2 billion in the last quarter, according to CNN.

Most of the offices up for review are in rural areas, but the Louisville branches slated for possible removal are in densely populated urban areas and include the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. branch, an office in the Audubon neighborhood and the facility near the airport.

Louisville NAACP President Raoul Cunningham says he’s worried about the future of the branch in the Shawnee neighborhood, which is among the 120 offices listed for review in the state.

“That is the only postal facility in that immediate area. It also has a high concentration of senior citizens. So it would be a major inconvenience and a concern if the facility were closed,” he says.