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Changes coming to Original Highlands

Changes coming to Original Highlands
Published: Oct. 6, 2015 at 2:34 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 13, 2015 at 3:03 AM EDT
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A site plan application was submitted to Louisville Metro Department of Codes and Regulations...
A site plan application was submitted to Louisville Metro Department of Codes and Regulations in August. (Source: Metro Government)
The Board of Zoning adjustments gave the green light to build 194 apartments on the site where...
The Board of Zoning adjustments gave the green light to build 194 apartments on the site where Mercy Academy sits empty on East Broadway. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The developer is also seeking input on the Phoenix Hill Tavern property. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The developer is also seeking input on the Phoenix Hill Tavern property. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Randy Miller (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Randy Miller (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Prentice Dougles (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Prentice Dougles (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Changes could be coming to the Original Highlands.

The Board of Zoning adjustments gave the green light for Edwards Communities Development Company to build 194 apartments on the site where Mercy Academy sits empty on East Broadway.

Edwards Communities is also holding a community meeting to seek input on the Phoenix Hill Tavern property. According to a letter to neighbors from Edwards Communities, they plan to transform the property into a mix of residential and retail space.

[PREVIOUS STORY: Plan submitted for upscale apartments at former Mercy Academy site]

It's welcomed news for Randy Miller who says he's lived in the Original Highlands for 25 years in between both Mercy Academy and the Phoenix Hill Tavern.

"I'm kind of stuck in the middle between the two properties and for the last 10 years you didn't know what was going to happen and things weren't looking good for the neighborhood in terms of property value but this should help," said Miller. "I've been waiting for something decent to happen to the neighborhood for a long time."
 
Other neighbors have some concerns for overcrowding and construction.

"They just did the pipe work over here," said resident Chauncey Catlin, "they just did the road and there's always something going on over here."

"It's pretty crowded over here so parking is going to be a problem," neighbor Prentice Dougles said.
 
But despite some of their concerns, they are looking forward to the development.

"You have homeless people that are sleeping there. I walk the area all the time, I'd like to see that out of the neighborhood - I think it will bring the neighborhood up," said Dougles.

Edwards Communities will now have to obtain the proper construction permits before building the Mercy Apartments.
 
The company plans to hold the community meeting Tuesday, Oct. 6 at the Highlands Community at 7 p.m.
 
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