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Developers of East Louisville boutique hotel receive final approval to move forward

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A hotel slated to be built on a former golf course in east Louisville has received the final approval it needs to move forward.

Plans are still being finalized for an Aloft hotel at the entrance of the Indian Springs neighborhood, and we're now learning more about the hotel's amenities.

On Wednesday attorneys for the developer spoke to a committee with the Planning Commission. Originally, the hotel and conference center was expected to include 169 rooms and 24,823 square feet.

That has since been changed to 124 rooms with 23,363 square feet. A restaurant and off-street parking have both been added to the plan as well.

The hotel will sit on the first hole of the former golf course at the corner of Westport Road and Indian Lake Drive.

The neighborhood association took over a majority of the golf course when it closed and converted it into a green space area for nearby residents.

They've now agreed to sell an acre of that land to the developer for extra parking.

"And the homeowners association voted on Sunday night and signed the contract such that the additional land could be sold to accommodate the parking for an integrated restaurant quality in this nice hotel," said Bill Bardenwerper, the attorney for the developer.

"The only thing it will do is help the community association, with the proceeds from that land be able to do some to the green space that we wouldn't have been able to do until we had some more money," said Todd Hall.

Todd Hall, with the Indian Springs neighborhood association, says the additional parking won't be seen from homes in the neighborhood.

He says residents are on board with the project, which is a change from when the nearby development was first announced.

An Aldi and McDonalds are also being built at the front of the neighborhood.

He says with the association having control of the remaining golf course, this is a win-win for both sides. He says they don't have future plans to sell any more land.

"As a matter of fact we're going through some changes in our covenants and deed restrictions, to make sure that none of the other land can be developed in the future," said Todd Hall.

Construction on the hotel should begin next year, and is expected to be finished by May of 2016.

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