Story by: Sara Sidery on November 2, 2022
A walk in Parkland is a walk down memory lane for Carey Anderson, a West Louisville native. The local architect grew up near 32nd and Grand Avenue. He knows firsthand that a hospital has been missing from this area for many years.
“I’m very familiar with this neighborhood. I remember riding bicycles back and forth, up and down Grand (Ave.) in my childhood,” he said. “Muhammad Ali, who was Cassius Clay at the time, lived right across the street in this neighborhood, and it made the community very proud.”Anderson, who still calls Louisville home, is an associate architect working on plans for Norton West Louisville Hospital. He and his team will plan the first new hospital built west of Ninth Street in more than 150 years. The new hospital will be built on the Norton Healthcare Goodwill Opportunity Campus, located at 28th Street and West Broadway. Visitors to the hospital will be right next door to community services offered through Goodwill Industries of Kentucky.
“It is a very impactful project for West Louisville. Not having to go all the way downtown in order to get good health care is something that’s very major for the community,” he said. “Also, I’m very hopeful that it will help spur further development in that 28th and Broadway area.”
The new hospital will include an emergency department, primary care, pediatric care, specialized services and much more.
Anderson is working with the firm Moody Nolan on plans for the new hospital building. Moody Nolan is an African American-owned architectural firm based out of Ohio. This is their second project together in the West Louisville area.“I’ve been fortunate enough not only to be involved on this new West Louisville Hospital project, but was also involved (with Moody Nolan) on the Norton Healthcare Sports & Learning Center,” said Anderson. The multi-sport complex at 30th and W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. opened in 2021.
“I just really want the community to know that I take a lot of pride in being a part of the new Norton West Louisville Hospital project, and I certainly want them to take a lot of pride in it as well,” said Anderson. He attends community meetings to hear from neighbors about the new hospital, and he will use their ideas to design a hospital that meets their needs. “It’s going to mean a lot.”
Norton Healthcare and Goodwill Industries of Kentucky are investing more than $100 million in the project. The new hospital is expected to spur additional growth and development in the area, which Anderson says is a good thing.
“Sometimes it’s a little hard to understand just what a new hospital development can do for a community, but if you look at other locations where new hospitals are built, you can see … positive dynamics,” he said. “I just want the community to feel extremely good about it and know that there are other African Americans involved on the project, and that we take a sense of pride in being involved in it, as well.”
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