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Developers reveal plans for former Phoenix Hill Tavern site

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The owner of former Phoenix Hill Tavern site suddenly shut it down on June 1, and now developers from Ohio say they have a plan for its transformation.

"Edwards Communities " from Columbus, Ohio, met with residents Tuesday night concerning the land at Baxter and Broadway.

It's the same company that got approval Monday to turn the old Mercy Academy complex into 195 upscale apartments.

They showed a rendering, facing Baxter Avenue, showing three stories of apartments over one floor of retail space and a four-story garage.

"I think it will be a good idea," Phoenix Hill resident Patty Barnes said. "I really don't like all of it to be apartments, and I'm hoping eventually it'll turn into condos."

Barnes has lived in the Phoenix Hill neighborhood for 30 years, and hopes if this deal goes through, it will include more retail space like a grocery store.

Some are concerned that the proposed complex will be too tall next to single family homes, but Barnes thinks it'll be a great addition.

"The height doesn't bother me as much as the parking and tearing down the buildings that are currently there."

The owners of Phoenix Hill Tavern, Roppel's, and Deco are all under contract with the developer to sell their properties on this site for the project.

"The neighborhood doesn't like surprises," Barnes said. "As long as we're updated, I think everything will be going fine."

Developers will use Tuesday's feedback to come up with a more complete rendering.

They'll then meet with residents again before the end of the year.

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