LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Passport Health Plan took another step forward on Thursday with its planned "health and well-being" campus at 18th and Broadway.

Passport wants to a build a 4-story office building on the site where city leaders once hoped to put a Walmart at 18th and Broadway, transforming the old Phillip Morris plant.

The Metro Planning Commission approved Passport’s development at a meeting this afternoon.

"It's wanted, it's needed, it's going to bring good quality of life to the West Broadway and 18th Street corridor," Planning Commissioner Lula Howard said.

The office building is only the first phase of Passport’s health and wellness campus. The 300,000 square foot building would have an upstairs with enough space for more than 500 workers, with a parking garage outside and eventually, a green space.

"We're very excited about it. But I think the future in the development that it's likely to spur ... is really exciting as well," Passport Health Plan CEO Mark Carter said.

A grocery store, clinic or other health-related things could come to the site later.

Passport hopes to finish the building as soon as 2019.

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