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Zoning request for historic neighborhood denied

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Members of the Planning Commission casting their votes on the Willow Grande project. Members of the Planning Commission casting their votes on the Willow Grande project.
Deanna O'Daniel Deanna O'Daniel
The Bordeaux Apartments The Bordeaux Apartments

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Cherokee Triangle residents gave a standing ovation when the Planning Commission announced that Jefferson Development Group's rezoning request had been denied.  

Jefferson Development Group sought to upgrade the zoning so that they could build Willow Grande, a 17-story building. The project would require a zoning designated for high-rise buildings.  

Residents in the area have been very vocal about their disapproval with having the Willow Grande built in their historic neighborhood. They filled the seats at the Metro Planning Commission meeting. Many wore stickers that said "Willow Grande" with a red line through the name.  

Deanna O'Daniel has lived in the Cherokee Triangle for 35 years. She wore two stickers, one simply stating "NO!"  

"I think the Willow Grande is a lovely building for someplace else," said O'Daniel, "it's just way too massive for the area in which it was proposed." 

The building would be near the intersection of Willow Avenue and Baringer Avenue. The Bordeaux Apartments currently occupy the space. 

The Planning Commission will now submit its recommendation to the Metro Council which could either overturn or uphold the decision. Jefferson Development Group did not respond to requests for comment.

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