New Highlands development would rival Louisville's tallest buildings

New Highlands development would rival Louisville's tallest buildings
Federico Elbl (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Federico Elbl (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Bill Bardenwerper (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Bill Bardenwerper (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Preliminary plans call for a new development in the Highlands that would rival Louisville's tallest buildings.

Wednesday, residents for a look at plans for the new project in the triangle-shaped lot at the intersection of Lexington Road and Grinstead Drive.

WAVE 3 News first reported on the development back in 2014 when the developer, Jefferson Development Group, called for buildings around 10 stories tall. Now, plans are for towers 30 to 40 stories high, which is taller than the incoming Omni Hotel and the PNC building and would match the National City Tower.

Renderings are all preliminary and no one has filed anything. The development would likely include a hotel, condos, apartments, retail and office space.

The developer is hosting three community meetings with different neighborhood groups. On Wednesday, Cherokee Triangle residents mostly fought back against the plans. 

"This building has nothing to do with the neighborhood," Federico Elbl, a Louisville native, said. "When you buy a property, you want to make as much money as possible, but I feel that there needs to be a balance between the economical benefits and the benefits to the neighborhood."

The development group and architect responded to all of the questions in the meeting that lasted longer than an hour and a half.

"The easy thing for them to do is to just turn it into five fast food out lots," Bill Bardenwerper, the attorney for the Jefferson Development Group, said. "You make a lot of money doing that, but he has a vision for something greater, something that really serves as an urban gateway into the downtown urban area."

Bardenwerper said Jefferson Development Group is not concerned about the possible smell from a new water storage basin for sewage coming in right across the street.

There will be one more community meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at Collegiate.

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