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Willow Grande condo development zoning denied

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The attempt to build a 17-story building in a historic Louisville neighborhood has failed.  The zoning request for the Willow Grande condominium development has been denied.

Residents of the Cherokee Triangle say speaking up made a difference in preventing a 17-story project from being built.

They clapped after the Planning Commission voted Thursday afternoon to deny the developer's request for a zoning change.

Residents have been fighting the Willow Grande project. It was a 17-story proposed condominium development that was set to be built on the two-story Bordeaux Apartments.

Some residents and commissioners agreed that the size and scope of the project didn't fit the neighborhood.

"[I'm] not opposed to development," said Cathie Brown, who has been a Cherokee Triangle resident for the past eight years. "And I'm in favor of [the] current owner actually maintaining the property that is there now. That would be an improvement. So, even if that property was just maintained to the standards of the area that it is in...that would be an improvement."

The attorney representing the developer had no comment after the vote.

Many people living in the Cherokee Triangle have been opposed to the condos.  Lawn signs reading "Size matters; stay true to the triangle" were peppered throughout the area.

The proposed development would have boasted 24 units and 52 underground parking spaces. The buy-to-own units were supposed to range in size from 2,000 to 6,500 square feet.

"It's a beautiful building, but it doesn't belong here," said Tim Holz of the Cherokee Triangle Board of Trustees last month.  Holz led community meetings to stop the development.

Despite the fact that there is an 11-story condo building next door, and a 20-story building nearby, those living near the site of the new Willow Grande condominium development said the 24-unit building didn't fit.

Not everyone in Cherokee Triangle had a yard sign, however. Jefferson Development Group claimed it had received 200 signatures on a petition supporting the project.  Representatives from the development group said their building fit the aesthetic character of the neighborhood, and it would have housed only two more units than the rentals currently in place.

The Cherokee Triangle neighborhood plan lays out a set of building rules that residents must comply with. It was originally composed in the 1930s after the neighborhood received its first building over four stories. The latest plan was tinkered with in the 1980s and that's the plan that all residents must currently abide by.

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