LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- A Butchertown apartment complex is one step closer to approval.

The plan is to build at Clay and Main streets where Butchertown connects with Downtown.The apartment complex being proposed is seven stories high with 260 one and two bedroom apartments.

It was approved by the Butchertown Architectural Review Board Wednesday night.

"This was a big hurdle," said Andy Cornelius, president of Butchertown Neighborhood Association.

Cornelius said they are in support of the development.

"They're trying to get back to having residential on east Washington and this project will help achieve that," he told WDRB.

He said some have argued that seven stories is too tall but he believes it will help connect Butchertown to downtown. "While yes, it will be a large building, I think that it's appropriate for the site."

Cornelius said most discussion has been about preservation and progress.

"I think they decided that it was an appropriate use where they were able to reincorporate some of the historic elements that are here but still plan for the future of Louisville and the future of Butchertown," said Cornelius.

The development will be rental,
, which Cornelius says is needed.

"There's huge demand right now and just not enough supply," he said.

Cornelius also says the project will help achieve density to the area which will help those who make a living nearby.

"The restaurants, the small businesses, the barber shops," he said.

"I think it will be terrific," said Phillip Dearner, president of BBC Beer Co. which sits across the street from the site.

Dearner says his company looks forward to the extra foot traffic.

"With the addition of that complex, obviously you're putting 200 people right across from our taproom," he told WDRB.

Officials could break ground on the apartment building in the spring.

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