Smoketown residents frustrated over MSD basin project

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- There's major work being done on a water basin in Louisville's Smoketown neighborhood and while neighbors say construction is disruptive, they say it’s what MSD didn’t do that’s upsetting.

The storage basin project at Logan and Breckinridge is part of MSD's long term goal of preventing sewage from overflowing into Louisville's waterways.

When it's finished, it will capture rainwater and sewage and after the water is treated, it will be returned to local streams or the Ohio River.

It's one of about a dozen similar projects in the metro area but Smoketown residents say they aren't getting the same treatment as the other project site neighbors.

"Every other basin is going to be below ground with a green space on top,” said Jessica Bellamy, secretary of the Smoketown Neighborhood Association.

Bellamy says Smoketown is the only neighborhood that didn't get to choose the project design.

"Every other neighborhood was asked. Some even had online platforms for you to put in what type of ideas or respond to whatever type of server they had. We didn't have anything,” she told WDRB.

Smoketown's basin will be an above ground windowless building.

"We don't want it to be an ugly eyesore that's separating us from the rest of the neighborhoods. We deserve better,” said Bellamy.

Now, MSD is trying to satisfy Smoketown residents by designating $700,000 for a firm to work with neighbors to design the building's façade.

“It's just like putting lipstick on a pig,” said Bellamy.

Bellamy says some neighbors have reported property damage from the project blasting.

"I know that MSD is a service provider and they're used to doing things for communities but you need to do this with us because you are in a neighborhood,” she said.

MSD says the basin will hold about 17 million gallons of highly diluted wastewater and is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2017.

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