Passport Discusses Requested Zoning Change for Health and Well-Being Campus in Downtown Louisville

Well Being Campus LogoPassport held a public meeting on Tuesday, April 17, to discuss a requested change in zoning for the Health and Well-Being Campus that is being planned in the West End of Downtown Louisville.

During this meeting, Jon Baker, an attorney with Wyatt Tarrant & Combs, discussed the zoning request that Passport will be making.

Passport is requesting a zoning change from C1 (Commercial), EZ1 (Enterprise Zone) and R6 (Multi-Family Residential) to PD (Planned Development). This is because PD zoning is a good fit here, allowing Passport to have design flexibility while maintaining oversight that ensures every building fits into the vision of the Health and Well-Being Campus. PD zoning respects and supports the existing neighborhood, integrating the new development to ensure it is compatible; it provides flexible design standards to create a livable community; and it promotes efficient and economic land usage.

In the next few weeks, Passport will file a zoning application with Louisville Metro Planning and Design Services. During this step, agencies like MSD, Public Works, the Fire Department and Health Department also have a chance to review the plans. Once their comments are addressed, Passport will be scheduled to attend the Land Development & Transportation Committee, which is open to the public. If LD&T determines that everything is in order, they will set another Public Hearing date. After the Public Hearing, the plan goes through Metro Council which has final say on the re-zoning. This entire process usually takes 6 to 8 months.

Nothing in this process will derail the current construction under way on the headquarters.

 

Passport Plans Public Meeting to Discuss Requested Zoning Change

Well Being Campus LogoProperty owners and neighborhood group representatives who live and work near the site of the future Passport Health Plan headquarters building and Health and Well-Being Campus at 18th and West Broadway in Downtown Louisville are invited to an informal meeting on Tuesday, April 17, to discuss a requested change in zoning.

Passport has filed applications with Metro Louisville Planning & Design for a change in zoning to Planned Development (PD) and variance relief involving the property at and near 1800 W. Broadway, 1912 W. Broadway, 2014 W. Broadway, and 2028 W. Broadway. This will be an informal meeting to give residents the opportunity to review the proposed plans and provide comments.

  • WHAT: Informal meeting to discuss applications for a change in zoning
  • WHEN: 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17
  • WHERE: Roosevelt-Perry Elementary School, 1615 W. Broadway, Louisville
  • RSVP: Please go online to www.passportwellbeing.com or call (502) 585-7301

Representatives of Passport will explain the proposal and address any questions that residents may have. Due to the short length of this meeting, there will be no refreshments served. For more information, please click here.

 

Passport Officially Breaks Ground on Headquarters Building at New Health and Well-Being Campus in Downtown Louisville

Passport Health Plan officially broke ground on the site of the new Health and Well-Being Campus on Wednesday, March 14, directly on the property at the intersection of West Broadway and 18th Street in Downtown Louisville.

Following the official groundbreaking – which included remarks from Metro Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, the Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby, Metro Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith, and Passport CEO Mark Carter – a community celebration and forum was held at Louisville Central Community Center’s Old Walnut Street Development, 1300 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

The new headquarters will be a 337,000-square-foot four-story building with 3 connected structures, or “pods,” along Broadway. There will also be a five-story garage connected to the main building through a pedestrian walkway, or “pedway,” with adjacent surface parking for up to 720 cars. There will be space for 550 current associates and hundreds more in the central and westernmost “pod” structures. The construction schedule is about 24 months, with a goal to occupy the building by early 2020.

During the groundbreaking, Mark Carter announced that the Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL) announced its intent to make its largest loan to date of $500,000 to Passport Health Plan, saying it is “honored to be part of Passport’s expansion in West Louisville, which will create jobs, affordable housing and increase access to healthcare, changing lives and contributing to our community.” CFL Impact Capital provides low-interest loans to support meaningful and transformative community projects in Louisville. Since its first loan in early 2014, it has approved nearly $2.4M of investment.

The “partner pod” structure on the east side is designed to house an array of health and human services. Passport is working with numerous organizations interested in having a presence on the campus. Nonbinding Memorandums of Understanding are in place with these organizations (with others in process):

  • The University of Louisville Office of Community Engagement, under the leadership of Dr. Ralph Fitzpatrick (louisville.edu/communityengagement)
  • The University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, which could move its federally funded Youth Violence Prevention Research Center to work on preventing youth violence, and also create a master’s program on community development, under the leadership of Dean Craig Blakely (louisville.edu/sphis)
  • Gilda’s Club, to provide social and emotional support for people and families living with cancer, under the leadership of President/CEO Karen Morrison (gildasclublouisville.org)
  • Hosparus Health, to provide hospice and home palliative care as well as grief counseling, under the leadership of President/CEO Phil Marshall (hosparushealth.org)

Passport also unveiled the “Faces of Passport” mosaic that was created out of more than 1,500 selfies that were posted on social media. The mosaic – which uses an iconic portrait from Legendary Louisville photographer Bud Dorsey– will hang in the lobby of the new headquarters building once construction is complete for all to view. Until then, it will be displayed for viewing at the current Passport offices. A high-resolution version of the mosaic can be viewed online at http://bit.ly/2tIBwng.

Also as part of the groundbreaking celebration for the Passport headquarters building, the architects and planners at Arrasmith, Judd, Rapp, Chovan, Inc. created a video of what the headquarters building could look like. To view the video, please go online to https://youtu.be/TKGYfGYjqcc.  Please note that these are all conceptual renderings and are subject to change.

To watch the Facebook Live stream footage from the groundbreaking event today, click here.

 

Passport Health Plan Breaks Ground on Health and Well-Being Campus

Well Being Campus LogoPassport Health Plan will officially break ground on the site of our new Health and Well-Being Campus at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, directly on the property at the intersection of West Broadway and 18th Street in Downtown Louisville.

Following the official groundbreaking – which will include remarks from Metro Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, the Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby, Metro Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith, and Passport CEO Mark Carter – a community celebration and forum will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at Louisville Central Community Center’s Old Walnut Street Development, 1300 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

Along with Passport, a number of community organizations will be on hand during the community celebration to share free resources and information, including: the American Red Cross, Dare to Care, Gilda’s Club Louisville, Goodwill of Kentucky, Hosparus Health, Louisville Central Community Centers, Louisville Digital Inclusion, Louisville Urban League, the Office of Housing and Community Development, the YMCA of Greater Louisville, TKT & Associates, Transit Authority of River City (TARC), the University of Louisville Youth Violence Prevention Research Center (YVPRC), and the UofL’s Office of Community Engagement.

For more information or to RSVP for these events, please go online to passportwellbeing.com.

 

You Could Be a Work of Art and Become a Part of Passport Health Plan’s Photo Mosaic

Passport is preparing to break ground on our new Health and Well-Being Campus in West Louisville on March 14, and we want you to be part of the big event – literally!

Here’s How: First, use your phone to take a selfie. Then, post it to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #FacesOfPassport. These photos will then be used to create a giant mosaic that celebrates Passport’s mission: to improve the health and quality of life of our members. The final mosaic will be unveiled at Passport’s groundbreaking celebration on March 14, and – thanks to the generous support of the Passport Foundation – it will be installed as a lasting piece of art in Passport’s future headquarters.

Don’t wait, though! Post your selfie by Friday, February 16, and you’ll have a chance to be part of this lasting tribute to the groundbreaking change Passport is bringing to the people of Kentucky. For more information, please click here.

Important Note: Please understand that by posting your selfie, it becomes a publicly available image that Passport has the right to obtain and use for commercial, promotional, educational and other purposes. Although not every photo is guaranteed to be part of the final mosaic, you can increase your chances by posting multiple selfies.

 

Passport plans second ‘Community Conversation’ to talk about Health and Well-Being Campus

Well Being Campus LogoPassport Health Plan will be hosting another “Community Conversation” on November 28 to discuss the progress of the Passport Health and Well-Being campus being planned for West Louisville.

The event, which is being co-hosted by the Republic Bank Foundation YMCA, will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Chestnut Street Family YMCA, 930 W. Chestnut Street, Louisville. A light meal will be served and free child care will be provided by the YMCA.

During the event, updates will be given about the two major projects in development for the intersection of 18th Street and Broadway – the Passport Health and Well-Being campus and the Republic Bank Foundation YMCA – we’ll review feedback from the June 1 neighborhood meeting, we’ll share how this input has shaped the projects, and we’ll continue gathering input from community members.

There will also be leaders from the Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) and the Transit Authority of River City (TARC) to provide information on happenings that are bringing additional programs and services to the surrounding neighborhood.

For more information, please click here. To RSVP for this free event, please click here.