New businesses moving to Dixie Hwy thanks to community opinions

New businesses moving to Dixie Hwy thanks to community opinions
The Shively Center is under construction to be the biggest trampoline park in the city. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The Shively Center is under construction to be the biggest trampoline park in the city. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Councilman Rick Blackwell (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Councilman Rick Blackwell (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - One of the busiest corridors in the city is seeing more growth as new businesses continue to fill vacant spaces along Dixie Highway.
 
The opinions from the community members are why one popular restaurant in Louisville is moving to Dixie Highway.
 
Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen closed its Frankfort Avenue location to move to Kingsford Plaza, in the 4800 block of Dixie Highway. The eatery known for fresh baked desserts, 100 flavors of churned ice cream and sandwiches will open next door to Wingstop, near Edible Arrangements. 
 
Councilman Rick Blackwell, who represents District 12, has had many conversations with the owner, Adam Burckle, who is eager to make the move.

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"He was excited about the fact that in surveys he was listed as one of the places people wanted to see come to Dixie," Blackwell said. "He took that to heart."
 
This should encourage people on Dixie to voice what businesses they want to see in the area, according to Blackwell.
 
The Shively Center at 4420 Dixie Highway, commonly known as the former Bacon's, is under construction to be the biggest trampoline park in the city. Altitude Trampoline Park will fill nearly 41,000 square feet, offering a foam pit, trampolines, basketball dunking lanes, 3D dodge ball courts, spike basketball and a concession stand.

The owner, Chuck Hall, said Dixie Highway is the only place he wants to be.
 
"It is about the people," Hall said. "The people on that side of town need something to go to, because they always have to go east. We want to do something for them and it will explode we hope."
 
As construction is well underway, the new Marketplace Kroger is the first of its kind in Louisville, making several long time Dixie Highway residents proud to call this area home.
 
"I wouldn't live anywhere else," Bryan Marcum said.
 
"It is good to get more people interested in staying in this end of town to spend their money," Janet Marcum said.
 
More development is in its earliest stages, near Greenwood Road and Terry Road. The 6300 block of Greenwood Road was purchased by developer Brian Forrest, who has a big vision for the lot. His designs propose tearing down the current Waller home and it replacing it with a 27,000 square foot shopping center and two drive-thru restaurants.
 
"It is kind of in the heart of PRP," Blackwell said.
 
The plan still has to be drafted and submitted, because it is a zoning change. It must also be presented to the zoning commission and would ultimately be approved or denied by the council.
 
Two vacant areas that have not been filled, the former Toys 'R Us and Target, are available for leasing.
 
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