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High-rise apartment building proposed near Cherokee Park

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A proposed multi-use development near Cherokee Park could be built 34 stories tall.

If approved, the project would tear down the buildings between Lexington Road, Grinstead Drive and Etley Avenue. The plan includes space for 250 hotel rooms along with 743 apartments and condominiums.

Developers are looking to rezone the property.

The proposal is for six stories throughout the entire parcel with three towers built on part of the site.

But Mark Gaff with the Crescent Hill neighborhood association said he's concerned with the traffic it'd bring.

"It backs up all the way onto the freeway currently, so adding a big development like this can only have a negative impact," Gaff said.

Bill Bardenwerper, an attorney for the developer, said their traffic study shows the area can handle the traffic.

"We looked at the peak hours, and the amount of traffic generation from this development doesn't really add that much relatively speaking," Bardenwerper said. 

Lisa Santos with the Irish Hill neighborhood association also has concerns about the overall size of the project.

“The last time I looked at the drawings, there were 2,600 parking places," Santos said. "It just seems like in a traditional neighborhood zoning district, which it is, that that’s just not appropriate."

The site is next to Cave Hill Cemetery and across the street from Cherokee Park.

“It’s not as though we’re up against a residential neighborhood, which we aren’t,” Bardenwerper said.  

Community meetings are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday next week at the Girl Scouts building on Lexington Road. They will begin at 7 p.m. 

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