LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The St. Matthews City Council denied a request Tuesday night for en eight-story, mixed-use apartment building at the Tafel Motors site on Shelbyville Road.

After a meeting last week where St. Matthews residents voiced opposition to the proposal on a busy stretch of town, the city council made a unanimous decision to squash the current plan.

The $40 million complex was expected to bring 400 jobs to the area, but opponents said it would make traffic problems worse.

The development plan would have included the closure of Church Way during construction, and many people living near the site said the 276-unit apartment and retail development was too tall and would have added to an already congested area.

“The project was really not in character with our neighborhood," said Alan Forsythe, who lives nearby. "This project was too much, and it was too tall."

A developer of the site, Chase Sorrick with Investment Property Advisors, said they will make changes and submit a new proposal.

“We are going to go back to the drawing board and look at ... what our options are without closing the road,” Sorrick said.

Sorrick said the area can handle the traffic.

“The traffic study that was done showed that the impact on those streets was negligible,” he said.

The developers would not give a timeline on when a new proposal would be finished.

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