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Proposed backup generator causes concern for some Crescent Hill residents

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A section of a popular green space in a Louisville neighborhood could become the site of a backup power facility for the water plant.

The Louisville Water Company held a community meeting Tuesday to show plans and answer questions about the area near Frankfort Avenue and Stilz Avenue.

The project would include a new exit-only drive at the Hillcrest Avenue traffic light. It would be motion activated from traffic exiting the plant.

Neighbors say they want to protect the look of the area. 

"There are some very unusual old buildings that deserve not to be cluttered up with modern day harshness," said Suzanne Ward, who had questions about the design and how it would fit with existing buildings.

Louisville Water already has a backup generator that is kept off site, but it is more than 50 years old and the plant says a better system is needed. Water officials say they understand the concerns.

"We've worked really hard to take up only 30 percent of the existing green space. The rest of it will still be there. and when we're done, we're not only preserving some of what's there, we're giving the community a safe supply of water," said Kelly Dearing-Smith with Louisville Water.

Louisville Water is still working on the design. If the plan is approved by the city, construction would begin in 2017.

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