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Construction starts on Frankfort Ave apartment complex

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Plans to build a new apartment complex in the Clifton neighborhood are underway. Demolition started this week to build a 93-unit apartment complex along Frankfort Avenue.

"We'll take away an eye sore and give them something nice to look at," said David Kwoke, the site superintendent.

Part of the quaint Clifton neighborhood has turned into a construction zone. Indianapolis-based Milhaus Development is building a four-story apartment complex. The $10 million project has been in the works for two years.

"Frankfort Avenue is an up-and-coming neighborhood and I think they could have done a better job of planning for that piece of property," said Deonte Harris, the General Manager of Shiraz Mediterranean Grill.

People living in the area say they don't need any more housing, with Clifton Lofts right across the street.

"We're not very happy about it," said Judy Fout, owner of A Reader's Corner. "While it is great that they're doing something to the property and it will bring more people to the neighborhood, there was really bad experiences with Clifton Lofts."

But Milhaus hired a local site superintendent to manage the project and build relationships with its new neighbors.

Kwoke said, "They're concerned that we're going to be a nuisance, and I'm trying to establish the fact that we're gonna make it as painless as possible."

The biggest concern is parking. Frankfort Avenue is lined with businesses and the project site covers an old parking lot.

"This is taking about another 30+ parking spots that will have to be absorbed, and that makes it very hard, especially because in the neighborhood retail is growing," Fout said.

"Where are they going to park their cars? Where are our customers going to park their cars?" said Harris.

It's a question business owners hope works itself out over time.

"It's definitely going to create some problems, but I guess we're just going to take it a day at a time and see how it all works out," said Fout.

Pre-leasing is expected to start next spring. The place should be move-in ready by Fall 2015.

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