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West Louisville Walmart lawsuit dismissed

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Supporters of the Walmart at a rally last summer Supporters of the Walmart at a rally last summer
Layout of the proposed Walmart at 18th and Broadway Layout of the proposed Walmart at 18th and Broadway

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Jefferson Circuit Judge Olu Stevens has thrown out a lawsuit challenging the Metro Planning Commission’s approval of a proposed Walmart in West Louisville.

The lawsuit claimed the Planning Commission failed to follow Louisville Metro’s Land Development Code in approving Walmart’s suburban-style store planned at 18th Street and Broadway.

Land-use attorney Steve Porter filed the lawsuit in March on behalf of number of non-profit groups including Open Louisville.

In an opinion and order dated Wednesday, Stevens rejected the notion that the Planning Commission's decision was "arbitrary," noting that the commission held "a number of public hearings" involving testimony for and against the project. 

"There is an abundance of evidence in support of the Commission's action, and this Court sees no reason to disturb it," Stevens wrote. 

Mayor Greg Fischer said in a statement Friday that he was pleased by Stevens' ruling, "which allows this long-awaited project to move forward, bringing 300 new jobs and new retail opportunities to the citizens of west Louisville.

"I look forward to joining Walmart leaders in breaking ground as soon as possible on this important project,” Fischer said.

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