Topgolf revises plan for Louisville venue after hearing residents' concerns
For months, Hurstbourne residents have been teed off about the potential of Topgolf moving in next door.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- For months, Hurstbourne residents have been teed off about the potential of Topgolf moving in next door.
Light, sound and traffic are all concerns. But on Thursday Oxmoor Center and Topgolf Louisville announced they hired engineers and experts to look into it all.
"This was a comprehensive study with local engineers with 40 years of experience," said Kendall Merrick, General Manager of Oxmoor Center.
After around-the-clock tests, those engineers came to a conclusion:
"Here's the bottom line: our neighbors in Hurstbourne won't be bothered by the sound from Topgolf, and the math proves it," Merrick said.
But changes are being made. Topgolf will use LED lights, pointed downward, to eliminate the amount of light spilling out. A two-lane entry road will be built to easily move cars onto Oxmoor Lane.
And the Topgolf facility will move 200 feet west from where it was originally planned.
"This is substantial and important, as it means that any possible impacts from sound, light and traffic will be farther away," Merrick said.
It will be at least a quarter of a mile away, Merrick said, with soccer fields and a tree line serving as a buffer zone. She said each move was an attempt to find common ground.
"We are committed to being good neighbors," she said.
But those who live close-by don't exactly see it that way.
"It's not going to change the fact that it's a three-story bar/night club venue with 1,000-person capacity," said Julianne West with Louisville Neighbors for Responsible Growth. "It's open as late as 2 a.m. nearly 365 days a year, and that it's simply going to overwhelm and forever change our established residential neighborhood."
Still, Oxmoor plans to move forward.
"We are filing our revised site plan with Metro Louisville," Merrick said.
Restaurants and green space are also in the works for the old Sear's space. Topgolf Louisville could open as soon as late-2019.
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