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Outlet mall approved in Shelby County

People attended the vote. People attended the vote.

SIMPSONVILLE, KY (WAVE) – An outlet mall in Shelby County is one step closer to construction. This after the Triple S Planning Commission voted to approve the project.

A lot people who live right off of the Simpsonville exit on Interstate 64 feel the exact same way as Ron Pottinger. "This has kind of been one of those things that's going to happen regardless of what the residents have to say," said Pottinger.

That didn't stop them from showing up to several public meetings, voicing their concerns about the 50 acre outlet mall moving in next door.

"We all knew that when we moved out here 20 years ago that there would be development around that area, but we never dreamed it would be in this kind of proportion," said Pottinger.

On Tuesday, in a 5-1 vote, the zoning for "The Outlet Shoppes at Louisville" was approved.

The Michigan based developer, Horizon group properties, promise along with stores like Banana Republic, Coach, and Nike, this development will bring an economic boast and more than a thousand jobs to the area.

"So far everything is going well and we are pleased with the favorable responses we have as well as the constructive comments we have from the community, too," said Tom Rumptz, Horizon Group Properties.

Those living close to property worry about decreasing property values, crime, and traffic. The developer says it has adjusted their traffic patterns to answer those concerns.

"To make sure that the project fits in well with the community and what Shelby County and Simpsonville represents," said Rumptz.

But for Pottinger, that's far from a shopping mall. "I don't know how far you have to get away from the city to get to the rural area, but obviously Simpsonville wasn't far enough," said Pottinger.

Up next the developers will meet with the Simpsonville commissioners. If everything continues as planned, construction will start in the spring of 2013 and the outlet mall will be set to open in the summer of 2014.

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