Thorntons plans up for debate in the Highlands

Thorntons plans up for debate in the Highlands
Volindah Costabell (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Volindah Costabell (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Brian Waggoner (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Brian Waggoner (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Tom Owen (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Tom Owen (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Volindah Costabell has lived in the Highlands for 30 years. She's siding with the Original Highland Neighborhood Association.

The association is taking a firm stance against Thorntons building a location at the corner of Baxter Avenue and East Broadway.
 
"I think we have enough gas stations and banks, more than enough," Costabell said. "It's too much. There's too much traffic."

"Safety and health you know," President of the Original Highland Neighborhood Matt Blair said. "It's going to be bringing a lot of pollution to the corner."
 
The neighborhood association also wanted Thorntons to redesign its plan so the gas station would be brought up to the sidewalk.

"I don't think there's any problem with it," Brian Waggoner, a Highlands resident, said. "I mean we do need some more. All we have basically right now, especially in the early mornings, is the Speedway."
 
Thorntons hasn't submitted its plan to the city yet. In a statement, the company told WAVE 3 News it would not comment until the store is built.
 
"This is not going to be on the fast track," District 8 Metro Council member Tom Owen said. "There are too many hurdles to jump. There are too many discussions to be held. In fairness to Thorntons, they have been meeting for maybe two and half months with the neighborhood association."
 
Councilman Owen believes if things move forward with Thorntons, he doesn't think the location would open until at least the middle of next year.

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