Hurstbourne residents rally in opposition to proposed Topgolf location at Oxmoor Center
A day after Topgolf announced it has made changes to its proposed Louisville location, neighbors rallied in opposition.
LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) – A day after Topgolf announced it has made changes to its proposed Louisville location, neighbors rallied in opposition.
Holding signs and signing petitions, dozens of Hurstbourne and Oxmoor Woods residents gathered Wednesday at the entrance to their neighborhoods.
Topgolf has submitted a preliminary proposal for its new 65,000-square-foot entertainment complex to occupy the former Sears location at the Oxmoor Center off Shelbyville Road. That is too close for comfort for several of those who live nearby who are worried about bright lights, late-night noise and traffic.
Topgolf said it has already made changes to the initial proposal, adding that officials “have been listening” to residents' concerns, but that's still not enough for many rallying Wednesday night.
“It is going to affect the lives of a lot of people who have lived here a long time and called it home. It’s going to be disrupting,” said Bernie Beckmann, who has lived in Hurstbourne for more than 40 years. “I hope sanity will prevail. That is all I can say.”
So far, more than 1,200 people have signed a petition in opposition to rezoning that would be required to make Topgolf a reality at the Oxmoor location.
Despite the rally, many said Wednesday they are in support of the project.
“I don’t see it as a problem," said Ashley Redenbaugh, who lives near the Oxmoor Center. "I think it would be great to bring more business and possibly more jobs.”
An attorney for city of Hurstbourne said he hopes there will be at least one more public meeting before final plans are submitted to the Louisville Metro Planning Commission. It could be several months until that final plan is submitted.
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