WDRB Guest Editorial

By DeVone Holt

There are thousands of people in our community who take for granted the convenience of being able to shop for the simplest of goods and services in their very own neighborhoods. Unfortunately, my 62,000 neighbors and I in West Louisville don't have that privilege.

That's why so many of us are excited about Walmart's interest in building a superstore on the corner of 18th and Broadway.

For more than a decade, that property has been a vacant eyesore that has failed to attract a retailer that could change the landscape of Louisville's most underserved neighborhoods. I believe Walmart would change that.

Unfortunately, our city's design codes don't allow Walmart the ability to build in West Louisville the type of superstore that exists in nearly every neighborhood in this community. As a result, the project is now in jeopardy.

That's because Walmart says changing the design of the proposed building is a deal-breaker for them, which means that the members of the Zoning Adjustment Board now have to decide between holding fast to their policies or making an exception that would bring nearly 300 jobs and economic opportunity to the neighborhood that needs it the most.

In my opinion, their decision should be an easy one: grant Walmart the waivers it needs to build in West Louisville. If you agree, share your opinion at the final zoning meeting at 1pm, next Monday at 514 W. Liberty Street.

Your voice could be the one that makes a difference.

I'm DeVone Holt, and that's my Point of View.