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Five proposed Dixie Highway town centers in the works

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A map of the proposed land use for the shopping centers. A map of the proposed land use for the shopping centers.
A map of the proposed center for the Dixie Highway Corridor. A map of the proposed center for the Dixie Highway Corridor.
Monday during a brainstorming session pedestrian safety was at the top of the list. Monday during a brainstorming session pedestrian safety was at the top of the list.
Vince Jarboe Vince Jarboe
District 12 Councilman Rick Blackwell District 12 Councilman Rick Blackwell

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Big changes including five new town centers filled with restaurants and stores may be down the road for Dixie Highway.

"A safer, more dynamic place where people can go and shop and get out of their car and go from place to place," Vince Jarboe, the President of the Southwest Dream Team said. 

Monday during a brainstorming session pedestrian safety was at the top of the list for the centers which may extend up to one mile long.

Developers pointed to recent accidents as the cause for concern. One of them happened last April after a man died while trying to walk across Dixie's six lanes. The accidents are so prevalent, they've now caught the attention of the Federal Highway Administration. 

The session also included ideas for what kinds of shopping centers could go where.

The plans are in the beginning stage. Plans for the first town center, which would be from Lower Hunter's Trace to Greenwood Road, still need to be finalized before going for a vote from the Metro Council.

While that could take months changes are already happening in the area. The old Dixie Dozen movie theater in Dixie Manor will become a new Hobby Lobby. The state has already promised $12 million for improvement like sidewalks and grass along the highway.

District 12 Councilman Rick Blackwell said now is the chance for anyone with ideas to speak up.

"We kind of already have it in place, kind of what people are looking for, and it then allows the developers to build what people want," Blackwell said.

To submit your ideas to Councilman Blackwell, click here.

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