The Courier-Journal from Louisville, Kentucky on December 10, 2015 · Page A5
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Thursday, December 10, 2015
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#KY#Metro# The Courier-Journal Thursday,December 10,2015 5A neighborhoods Indianapolis-based Cityscape Resi- d ential has filed plans for its third large L ouisville-area apartment development, a proposed 261-unit project on Simcoe Lane near the Gene Snyder Freeway and Brownsboro Road. Cityscape earlier this week obtained initial building permits for construction on its $40 million, 300-unit Axis Apart- m ents at Lexington Road and Payne Street in the Irish Hill neighborhood. And it recently completed construction on another major development - the 312-unit Apex Apartments off Preston Highway near Interchange Drive and Interstate 65 in southern Jefferson County, aproject that has already reached about 7 5 percent occupancy. C ityscape partner Kelli Lawrence s aid Tuesday that the Hoosier developer would soon announce a third Louisville development. And she said in an interview Wednes- SNYDER FREEWAY/BROWNSBORO ROAD 261-unit apartment development proposed Company has several Louisville-area projects SHELDON S. SHAFER @SHELDONSHAFER METRO PLANNING & DESIGN SERVICES A2014 rendering from CityScape Residential shows part of the proposed Axis Apartments at 1373 Lexington Road. It’s one of several area projects for Indianapolis-based CityScape. SeeAPARTMENTS,Page6A S toryteller Dapo Akers knows what he’s talking a bout from his own e xperience when he writes about drug deal- i ng and redemption in h is new adventure book for young readers about “Robin f rom the Hood.” I n it, a group of reformed teenage thugs led by a character named R obin are out to make a notorious drug lord called “Big Money” pay up for the trouble he’s caused. Akers, a transplant from Richmond, Va., who was formerly homeless and now lives at the Chestnut Street YMCA near downtown, tells how Big Money collects cash payments from nervous, young dealers he enlists to help him. “You know Big Money hate it when he has to get ugly,” he says to o ne. The “Robin” book is part of the publisher’s new “Books for Kids Program,” promoting books with a character-building lesson. In the story, character Robin Sagna’s gang of “hoods turned her oes” ultimately makes sure that a new community center is built in their poor neighborhood, which has a street called “Chestnut” and a s chool called “Central High School.” T he videos, likewise, are intended to motivate youths and others to stand u p for the city and themselves. “The Adventures of Robin from t he Hood: A Place to Play” paperback ($4.50), with illustrations by E, was published in Septem- b er by Performance Strategies Publishing in Hayti, S.D. Akers has been promoting the b ook on Twitter along with upbeat videos he co-produced called “ Feeeelthe Ville!,” which had nearly 3 ,000 views on YouTube recently. A precursor called “Feel the V ille!“ was filmed at the Y. Akers said he was inspired to m ake them after attending a meeting Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer h eld at the Chestnut Y to seek ideas about ways to improve the environ- m ent for youth after teen mob vio- l ence incidents occurred downtown in March of 2014. B oth videos feature a song Akers w rote with a rap-type rhythm, performed by a lead singer and a group a t the Y, accompanied by Akers on b ass and a drummer and keyboar- dist. At the end, they’re joined by d ancing youngsters with “St. Pet er’s” on their T-shirts. Akers produced the videos with h elp from former Chestnut Y direct or Rodney Martin, who has since left to take a Y position in Texas. T he “Feeeel” version shows scenes of people and places associated with the city, including Muhammad Ali, Diane Sawyer, Plymouth Community Renewal Center, Belle of Louisville, University of Louisville basketball team, a TARC trolley rolling through downtown, Rick Pitino, Bellarmine University, fireworks over the Ohio River, Kentucky Derby Museum, The Palace, Slugger Museum and historical s ites. Akers says he has been studying history, including African history, for 25 years, after growing up in Richmond and attending Prince Edward County Schools in Virginia. He moved to Louisville about three y ears ago, leaving a troubled past that included involvement with drugs, he said, and works part-time a t Amazon in Jeffersonville. A nti-bullying is a theme of the “ Books for Kids Program,” along with showing respect for others and a ccountability for actions and behavior. Books are distributed to s tudents free at book fairs through BOOKS FOR KIDS PROGRAM PS PUBLISHING Dapo Akers is shown on the screen in back during a reading session by Skype for students in Lake Benton, Minn. Book and video explore life in ’hood & Ville Author draws on experience to write of drug dealing, redemption MARTHA ELSON @MARTHAELSON_CJ EMPRO.PL/PS PUBLISHING Dapo Akers' book tells about how "hoods turned heroes" save a community center. S eeBOOK,Page6A HAPPENING TODAY Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft Pop-Up Shop 611West Main Street, suite 1, 11a.m.-6 p.m. T hursday-Sunday. Features holiday gifts and family art activities. Saturday and Sunday from noon-4pm children can enjoy art activities while families shop. Through Dec. 20. Corydon Dulcimer Society Strassweg Auditorium, New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, 180 W. Spring St., New A lbany, 7 p.m. Holiday music. Free. The Healthcare Movie Southwest Branch Library, 9725 Dixie Highway, 7 p.m. Documentary reveals the personal and emotional impact on Canadians w ho now have access to universal health care and the struggle in the United States for quality health care for all people. Spon- s ored by Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare (KSPH). Free. Book signing Barnes & Noble, 801S. Hurstbourne Parkway, 3 p.m.Robert and Victoria Ullrich will sign copies of “Germans in Louisville: A History.” HAPPENING THIS WEEK A therton High School Chamber Singers 30th Annual Madrigal Dinners Atherton High School, 3000 Dundee Road, 7 p.m. Friday. Soup, salad, dessert. $13, $10 for students. 7 p.m. Saturday. Turkey Feaste, $ 18, $13 for students. (502) 485-8202. Breast cancer screenings and mammograms Clifton Center, 2117 Payne St., 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p .m. Friday. For women ages 40 and older. Sponsor: University of Louisville Hospital, James Graham Brown Cancer Center. Free f or income eligible women with no insurance. Bills sent to those with insurance, Medicare, Medicaid. Appointments: (502) 8 52-6318 or (502) 852-2292 (Spanish.) M ore events » See what else is happening today and this w eek at » Items to be considered for publication may be emailed to a t least one week before the event. GETTY IMAGES/MOODBOARD RF ADOPT A PET Kaddy is a new addition to Animal House a fter being surrendered by her owner. She is a6-year-old Rottweiler and is good with d ogs and kids and just wants a home of her o wn. She is spayed, microchipped, and current on all vaccinations. You can visit her a t Louisville Metro Animal Services’ Animal House Adoption Center (3516 Newburg Road), or call us at 502-473-7387 (press 2, t hen 2 again).

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