Specs of proposed Cherokee Triangle high-rise building not sitting well with community leaders

The Bordeaux Apartments on Willow Avenue in the Cherokee Triangle neighborhood of the Highlands
The Bordeaux Apartments on Willow Avenue in the Cherokee Triangle neighborhood of the Highlands

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Cherokee Triangle neighborhood, in the Highlands, is known as one of Louisville's most beautiful historic districts. A proposed building could make things look a bit different in the area around Willow and Barringer Avenues. But, some neighborhood leaders are fighting to make sure things stay within certain historical guidelines set decades ago.

According to the Cherokee Triangle Association, a developer is proposing a 17-story high rise building near the heart of the neighborhood. It's not the development itself that's concerning, but rather the specifications of the building and its zoning. The Highlands neighborhood is known for its historic architecture, plans adopted by the neighborhood in 1989.

Part of that was done so that they could retain the historic character of the "Cherokee Triangle," said Cherokee Triangle Association Board of Trustees' President, Peggie Elgin, "and bring it back to its glory of the past."

Part of that involved setting up a zoning plan, which focused on residential living and down-zoned areas including the Bordeaux Apartments on Willow Avenue. Elgin said a development company wants to put a 17-story, 24 unit building in its place. She said it requires an upgrade in zoning.

Anne Lindauer is Vice President of the Cherokee Triangle Association's Board of Trustees. "We don't see any value in up-zoning," Lindauer said. "We've seen the plans. They're very very nice. They're tastefully done, but again, we would like to see the number of units reduced and for the building itself to fit into the guidelines of this historical preservation district."

The Cherokee Triangle Association said they are not against development. They actually welcome development to the area. But, they have some concerns with this particular proposal.

"Height is one of the issues," Elgin said. "Density is one of the issues. Zoning, because zoning is what protects our community."

Marisa Bell lives in the Cherokee Triangle neighborhood, not far from the Bordeaux Apartments. "I guess that makes sense. If there were guidelines set and they don't want the area to change," Bell said. "I think it's a special area of Louisville, to try to keep it that way is really important."
Elgin said The Cherokee Triangle Architectural Review Committee voted in February to approve a Certificate of Appropriateness. Elgin said the CTA Board of Trustees has hired an attorney to work with the Board and appeal the Architectural Review Committee's decision.

WAVE 3 did try to reach out to the developer for comment Friday morning. WAVE 3 tried again Friday evening and was referred to their lawyer.

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