Attorney believes compromise is near for West Louisville Walmart

Attorney believes compromise is near for West Louisville Walmart

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – There are new developments for a planned Walmart at 18th and West Broadway.

Thursday night, Louisville Metro Council members became irritated with the lack of progress and at times during the meeting irritated with each other. A day later, the attorney for the groups who filed suit over the stores lack of urban design said the whole thing will be dropped if the property owners agree in writing to put some retail properties right on Broadway next to the Walmart, and he believes the compromise could be coming soon.

Plaintiffs' attorney Steve Porter said, "We sent an e-mail today (Friday) to all the attorneys involved in the case and to various other people interested in it saying, let's get together and let's end this problem and let's get it built!"

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So, is the West Louisville Walmart project stalemate near its end?

"I'm very hopeful," Porter said.

Porter represents several preservation, neighborhood and design groups that filed suit against the project due to its lack of urban design. The group wanted the building next to Broadway and the parking lot in the back. He said he knows the majority of shoppers in West Louisville want the project. They told WAVE 3 News the same thing.

"Forget about the design and just build a store," West Louisville resident Keith Kelly said, "I don't care how it looks or whatever just build a store that can create jobs and opportunity for people down in the west end."

Resident Toni Yarbough agreed, "I wish they would go ahead and get started because people need jobs."

"The corner stores, they are too high, they're just robbing the people blind, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer," Jeffrey Whitlow said. "It's sad, you know, we need that Walmart down here."

Porter said the have gotten a verbal compromise from the property owners to build retail developments on the lots they own on Broadway next to the Walmart and all they need now is the agreement in writing.

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"They could be pushing dirt now, if they would sign the documents," Porter said. 

WAVE 3 News left several messages for the property owners' attorney and did not get a response before news time Friday. If the property owners are waiting for the Court of Appeals to make its decision, it could take several weeks.
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