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Architect sues developer of student apartment building near University of Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The developer of a large student housing complex near the University of Louisville used copyrighted design and construction drawings without paying, according to a federal lawsuit filed last week by Humphreys & Partners Architects of Dallas, Texas.

The firm is not trying to stop work on the project at Eastern Parkway and Interstate 65, where construction began earlier this year on three apartment buildings that will house more than 800 U of L students.

But Humphreys is seeking compensation from the developer, HRB Louisville, which appears to be an affiliate of the John Buck Company, a Chicago real estate group.

The copyright infringement occurred when companies controlled by the John Buck Company lifted design and construction drawings that Humphreys had prepared in 2012 for the original developer, Innovative Student Housing of Austin, Texas, according to the lawsuit.

Innovative Student Housing and Louisville-based Denton-Floyd Real Estate Group got the project started but sold their interest last year, according to Louisville Business First.

The 4.7-acre site will eventually have three apartment buildings, each five stories tall, and a 7-story parking garage with more than 800 spaces, according to Louisville Metro planning documents.

It's one of a handful privately owned apartment buildings for U of L students popping up around the Belknap campus.

The block bounded by Eastern Parkway, Crittenden Drive, Warnock Street and I-65 used to have an older apartment building, several shotgun houses and a church. The site was cleared before construction began earlier this year.

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