Neighbors against Topgolf propose new location near Oxmoor

Neighbors against Topgolf at Oxmoor hope for location change

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Neighbors of the Oxmoor Center said they would love to see a Topgolf in the city, just not near their homes.

Neighbors are offering a new location they hope is a compromise.

Chris Carmicle -- an executive with PLC Management, a development management company -- was authorized to submit that proposal to Mayor Greg Fischer’s office Wednesday. The plan aims to move the Topgolf site to Oxmoor Farm, a short distance from Oxmoor Center.

Carmicle said the new site would eliminate neighbor concerns over lighting, while giving Topgolf enhanced visibility from Interstate 64 and the Watterson Expressway nearby. Carmicle stressed to WAVE 3 News that he is acting as an impartial messenger, and added that he has not yet heard back from Fischer.

Earlier Wednesday, Oxmoor Center General Manager Kendall Merrick said in a statement that Topgolf has been eyeing the Louisville area for three years, and is contractually bound to honor its agreement with the mall.

“Topgolf picked the only site in Louisville where it can be successful and signed a contract with Oxmoor Center,” Merrick said. “There is much invested in this Project, both from the public and the parties involved, so, it’s important to continue the Planning Commission process that has been underway since March.”

Neighbors, like Linda and Carl Raddatz, who have lived in the area for more than a decade said they’re happy with the compromise.

“It probably wouldn’t affect us as much as the old area with lighting and noise and what have you,” Carl said.

In recent weeks, the debate has resulted in several marathon, emotionally-charged meetings where opponents and supporters of the project have voiced their strong opinions on Topgolf’s potential future in Louisville.

The Metro Planning Commission on Thursday is expected to decide whether to grant a conditional-use permit that would allow the project to move forward. If that vote passes, Metro Council will decide whether to approve the site for re-zoning.

Carmicle provided two maps of the new proposed Topgolf site:

The highlighted section of this map is where a proposed Topgolf would be built, not far from the originally proposed site.
The highlighted section of this map is where a proposed Topgolf would be built, not far from the originally proposed site.
The Topgolf has people on both sides voicing their strong opinions in several hours-long meetings in recent weeks.
The Topgolf has people on both sides voicing their strong opinions in several hours-long meetings in recent weeks.

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