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Proposed Highview apartment complex sparks feud

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- A proposed apartment complex in southeast Jefferson County has started a bitter dispute.  LDG Development wants to build what will be known as the Frontgate Apartments in the 7400 block of the Outer Loop in Highview.

But neighbors say the proposed apartment complex is too big for the area.  The development would include about 212 apartment units.

Jon Bingham of Apple Valley Property Owners says, "It is too many people in too small of a place. It's packing them in like sardines."

Bingham's group is one of several trying to keep a local developer from building an apartment complex on one of the last pieces of undeveloped land in the area.

"The main concern started in 2009 because they proposed 3 story buildings that were 212 apartments or so which is way too big for the area," says Bingham.

Bingham says not only is the apartment complex too big for the area, but he also accuses LDG of misleading the Kentucky Housing Corporation in order to gain funding.  He says, "The reason they did that was so that they could gain five points in their scoring process. They're telling Kentucky Housing Corporation that it's a female owned enterprise but everything that's going on locally says LDG development."

Michael Gross is the project manager for the proposed Frontgate Apartments and has a different story.  Gross says, "She's a 51 percent owner in it; it's really not an issue."

Gross also says the land is more than big enough to building the apartments and he addressed the three story issue or concern.  

"The overall site is 10 achers; It can support considerably more units than we are planning on developing on the site.  Only a few of the buildings are completely three stories; there's also a one story clubhouse, some two story buildings," says Gross.

Gross say the apartment complex will move forward with or without funding from the Kentucky Housing Corporation.

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