Plans for 144-unit affordable housing complex in Newburg dropped

Newburg project | Courtesy WLKY

Plans for a 144-unit affordable housing complex in the Newburg neighborhood have been abandoned.

Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin said after discussions with the developer LDG Development about neighbors’ concerns on crime, traffic and other issues, LDG decided not to request a rezoning.

LDG Development was planning to request a zoning change for 5300 Garden Green Way. The property at Newburg Road and Shepherdsville Road is zoned as single family and commercial. The proposal called for rezoning the land to multifamily residential.

More than five hundred community residents attended a public meeting last month, and some expressed opposition to the project because it would be surrounded by single family homes, Shanklin said in a news release.

“The community said loud and clear that they want to maintain the character and growth of single family homes in this area and I am glad the developer took this in to consideration before moving forward,” Shanklin said.

“If they were going to put in some houses or something that we could buy and everybody would benefit from that (then we’d be for it), but they were just going to put in apartments and Section 8 and all that,” an opponent of the project, Angela Griffin, told WLKY. “We need something that’s going to help the neighborhood.”

Louisville-based apartment developer and owner LDG Development is working on a dozen apartment projects this year, more than double the number just a few years ago. It has faced backlash from the city of Prospect residents and government officials over plans to build an affordable senior living community called Prospect Cove.

Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government has seen a significant uptick in the number of applications received from developers seeking to build apartment complexes and condominiums in the city. Even so, there is demand for affordable housing that is not being met.

“While affordable housing is and will continue to be a top priority in Metro Louisville, there are many areas where affordable housing still is not available,” Shanklin said. “As a goal, we must work to locate affordable housing opportunities throughout the county and not solely in historically low-income areas.”

WLKY contributed reporting.