In 2014-2015, LFI served as a primary teaming partner of an Atlanta-based urban planning and architectural design firm (Lord Aeck Sargent) in the implementation of an Area-Wide Planning Grant for the Louisville Metro Department of Economic Development. The University of Louisville Center for Environmental Policy and Management also played a key role in the project.


The Grant was issued by the United States EPA, and involved the Germantown/Shelby Park Rail Corridor near downtown Louisville. LFI was the lead environmental consultant on the project and LFI personnel attended 9 community meetings and workshops as part of its implementation. Roy Funkhouser of LFI gave a presentation entitled “How Clean is Clean?” at one of the public meetings; Brendan Merk of LFI assisted in leading break-out sessions and asset identification discussions, as well as authoring environmental components of the final Plan.

“It was a privilege to have been selected by Metro Louisville to assist on this important project. The Germantown neighborhood of Louisville is experiencing a renaissance, and the folks that live there have an energy and a passion that was great to be a part of.  I believe the catalyst sites identified and the ideas generated will spur even bigger and better things for this area that’s becoming a new shining star for Louisville.”

Roy Funkhouser.  LFI.


The final Plan was issued in September of 2015 and can be downloaded here.