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Panda Express, hotel and more coming to east Louisville neighborhood

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Restaurants, a hotel and more are moving into an east Louisville neighborhood. 

Westport Road in east Louisville is a busy spot just before the Gene Snyder Freeway. The area is surrounded by restaurants and a large shopping center, which includes Cinemark Tinseltown USA.

The Indian Springs neighborhood is amidst it all. A few years ago, the Indian Springs Golf Course was struggling financially, and the neighborhood decided to offer up its prime real estate. The owner of the golf course could have the front of the neighborhood for development if the neighborhood could keep the gold course area for green space.

"We worked out a deal with the existing ownership to allow them to sell off part of the land along Westport Road, and for that, they gave us the remaining 120 acres," said Todd Hall, board member of the Indian Springs Community Association.

With the development, an Aldi grocery store went in first. Now, an Aloft hotel, Panda Express and another space are in the works.

"We don't know the tenants yet," Hall said. "We've been told it's another mattress store."

Hall says the neighborhood still owns the clubhouse and will make money off of the rent. It is being transformed into a barbecue joint.

"A few weeks ago, we started construction on Martin's BBQ. It's a concept out of Nashville that they're going to do this and at least another location in town," Hall said.

The neighbors deal with construction, but have tons of green space from the old golf course.

"You see a lot of people out walking," Hall said. "We've got about five miles of walking paths, we've got six lakes that are private but are used for fishing, kids running out in the green space, using it for multitude of things, soccer, lacrosse, whatever."

Just down the road toward Hurstbourne Parkway, an apartment complex is being built with more than 350 units. Hall thinks Westport Road is good for business and living.

"We've seen a nice increase in home values in 3-6 months, and houses are turning over amazingly rapidly," Hall said.

Hall says all of the new developments in Indian Springs will be finished in the fall. He says no more is expected to be built after that.

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