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New Costco, old Economy Inn keep people living near Bardstown Road watchful

A rendering of the proposed Costco store. (Source: Louisville Metro government) A rendering of the proposed Costco store. (Source: Louisville Metro government)
The Economy Inn could be forced to close after a failed inspection. (Source: WAVE 3 News) The Economy Inn could be forced to close after a failed inspection. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - On Thursday, the Metro Council voted to approve a zoning change for the construction of Costco at the site of the old Showcase Cinemas on Bardstown Road. It's coming the same time the city has stepped in again to crack down on a notorious business just down the block, the Economy Inn.

Neighbors are closely watching the two conflicting stories happening in their backyard. People who live in the Brown Condominum Homes on Bardstown Road, didn't used to have a good outdoor space so they decided to make one. 

"We had a yard sale out there and were up at six o'clock twice," said resident Frances Cross. "We got enough to build the concrete but not enough to put the roof on, so then we go back and have another yard sale."

Some donated patio furniture and landscaping and they have an oasis - one they say they need from their next door neighbor.

"I pray for those people over there," Cross said. "I won't criticize them much because I feel sorry for them."

The Economy Inn has a history of problems, including drug use, prostitution and crime, not to mention a failed health inspection this week. Mary Parker says her daughter was approached to buy drugs walking through the parking lot. 

"It's kind of scary when she's out there screaming at the top of her lungs, saying, 'Momma, come get me,'" she said.

It all makes the prospect of their new neighbor - a proposed Costco just a few hundred feet the other way - even brighter.

"Population is growing and it will give us more variety of things to shop for and it will bring more people to the neighborhood," said Lonnie Holman.

Overall, the residents of Brown Condos hope the future of their neighborhood is looking up and toward more development, not down so they can get back to enjoying their outdoor oasis.

The president of the nearby Bon Air Neighborhood Association, Patrick Carrico, says he's happy the city is keeping an eye on the Economy Inn.

He says, overall, he's pleased with the development in the neighborhood, with several new stores opening and under construction and with the addition of some landscaping and sidewalks, he thinks the area will be nicer and more welcoming to visitors and pedestrians.
 
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