LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- It is one of the most valuable pieces of vacant property in Louisville's east end.
But it is about to be developed for empty nesters after many years of uncertainty.
Right now it is just a tall cornfield. But plans are in the works to finally build on the old Kitty's Nursery property just of Kentucky Highway 22 near the Summit Shopping Center.
The nursery closed six years ago and since then efforts to develop the 30 acre property have been stalled, because of the recession and opposition from nearby residents concerned with increased traffic.
But Elite Homes and its president Joe Pusateri now is planning to buy the property from developer David Nicklies if the Metro Planning Commission approves.
"It is the premier property in Eastern Jefferson County," Pusateri told WDRB News, "I have always liked that property.
Pusateri says his plan calls for a less dense development of detached garden homes.
"The way David got it approved called for a maximum of 192 units, we are going to do 129," says Pusateri.
Pusateri says that seems to have satisfied most of the nearby residents whom he met with this past Saturday to answer questions about what will be called Summit Gardens.
Says Pusateri, "They were really happy with the plans that we showed them, and many of them indicated they were going to be buyers themselves."
He says Summit Gardens will be similar but not identical to his current garden home development in Rock Springs further out Kentucky Highway 22.
"The homes at Rock Springs are 1,670 square feet with craftsman design," he explains, "in Summit Gardens were are going to do 1,800 square feet and we are going to have a French County look."
Pusateri is waiting on the city to give him final approval to proceed. He hopes that will come in August.
He plans to begin building the roads and infrastructure in October and start construction on the homes in January with the first residents moving in by late next spring.