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Willow Grande fight continues after Metro Council Committee vote

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) Residents are not happy as the "Size Matters" fight in the Cherokee Triangle continues over a proposed 17 story condo project.

Residents opposed to the project were united and all wore red in City Hall, as they listened to an hour long meeting of the Metro Council Committee on Planning and Zoning.

Residents have been fighting the proposed condo development that was set to be built on the three-story Bordeaux Apartments.

The Louisville Metro Planning Commission previously denied the rezoning request and ruled that the 17-story Willow Grande project is too tall and too wide.

Kelly Downard, Metro Councilman from District 16 says, "We are going to recommend that zoning be approved. We'll send it back to the Planning Commission which is where it has to go. They have to review the development plan. They never approved variances."

The Metro Council Planning and Zoning Committee later unanimously overturned the Metro Planning Commission decision and it now heads to the full Metro Council for a vote. Councilman Tom Owens from District 8 rescued himself from voting saying he owned property nearby.

Some metro Council members who are not on the committee are giving hints to how they will vote next week.

Brent Ackerson from Metro Council District 26 says, "I'm not in favor of going against the integrity of the neighborhood going against the predetermined neighborhood plans that is in the record."

Tim Holz, the President of Cherokee Triangle Association says, "This was against the wall. We were given no options, no proposals, no input whatsoever in this plan until the Planning Commission had overruled it and the County Attorney gave an opportunity to withdraw the plan and they chose not do it which is why we've chosen to stick with the opposition of the plan as presented."

The project has 24 units and 52 underground parking spaces.  Lawn signs reading "Size matters; stay true to the Triangle" have been up throughout the area.

Representatives from the development group have said their building fits the aesthetic character of the neighborhood.

The full Metro Council is expected to vote on the issue on August 8th.

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