City of Hurstbourne residents concerned about Topgolf

City of Hurstbourne residents concerned about Topgolf
Barber said he’s been living in the City of Hurstbourne for nearly 30 years. When he says he doesn’t want Topgolf in his backyard, it’s not an exaggeration.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - You eat, you drink and you swing. What Topgolf has to offer is not a difficult concept to understand.

It could all be coming to Louisville. Topgolf confirmed to WAVE 3 News Monday that they are currently "actively pursuing a location in Louisville." However, they did not confirm whether that location is the former Sears behind Oxmoor Center Mall.

According to Metro Louisville records, Topgolf has applied for a zoning change in that exact area. The Louisville Metro Planning Commission has not approved the zoning change yet, but an application has been filed to change that area from R-4 (Residential) and C-1 (Commercial) to C-2 (Commercial). The change is under review but if approved, would allow new construction in that area.

Topgolf touts itself as an entertainment destination driving range, where you can take your swings while having a good time with food and drinks. Most residents in the City of Hurstbourne understand that concept. But when it comes to having all that in the former Sears behind Oxmoor Center Mall, some neighbors have concerns.

"I've never seen [Topgolf] up front, I've never been to one," Bryan Barber said. "I understand it's a lot of fun, but not in my backyard."

Barber said he's been living in the City of Hurstbourne for nearly 30 years. When he says he doesn't want Topgolf in his backyard, it's not an exaggeration. The Barber household would be the closest to the driving range and he explained that he is worried about a couple of things.

"Drinking, 2 o'clock in the morning, soundwaves coming back and forth," Barber said. "I'm not real happy about that."

He said he's not just worried about the noise either.

"I understand there's going to be light poles, they're going to be a hundred something feet tall," Barber added.

To be precise, "170 feet," City of Hurstbourne Administrative Officer Jim Leidgen explained. "If you translate that into stories, that's over 15 stories in height. It's pretty big."

Leidgen explained that with big projects, come big futures.

"People are in favor of development," Leidgen said. "There's no doubt. That's an easy conclusion to draw to. The right kind of development is what the city is looking for."

He said finding that right fit starts with input. Topgolf and its representatives will host a public meeting Monday, March 12 at 6 p.m. at the St. Matthews Community Center.

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