LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – During a meeting that lasted late into the evening on August 19, Louisville Metro Planning Commission members denied Kroger's request to amend an agreement which does not allow the company to build a gas station behind its grocery store in the Highlands.
At the hearing, held at the Old Jail Building on West Liberty Street, Kroger representatives gave the commission a number of reasons why they believe they should get the green light. Glenn Price, an attorney for Kroger, argued the binding element which restricts the company from building a gas station on their property was signed by a company which previously used the space, not Kroger.
On their behalf, Kroger had a number of experts speak in front of the commission. Those experts told members that traffic would not have increased if a fuel station was added at 2470 Bardstown Road, neighbors would not have noticed a difference in noise, and they argued there would not have been an environmental impact nor an impact on retail development near the grocery store.
But people who live in the neighborhood near Kroger disagreed. More than 30 people who opposed Kroger's plan signed up to speak at the hearing. Previously, the Belmont Neighborhood Association collected 700 signatures of residents that did not want a gas station.
The planning commission denied Kroger's request to amend the binding agreement and it denied a request to modify an existing conditional use permit to allow off-street parking on the property.
Kroger has 30 days to appeal the commission's decision.