A proposed affordable housing complex in Okolona that would cater to refugees and others will be considered by the full Louisville Metro Council after passing out of committee Tuesday.
The Council’s planning and zoning committee voted 6 to 1 to send proposed zoning changes for a 260-unit complex called Unity Place to the full body. Currently, the area is zoned for single-family residences, which make up most of the neighboring properties.
Committee chair and District 24 Councilwoman Madonna Flood, who represents Okolona, cast the dissenting vote because she said she still had many questions and concerns about the project.
Flood said there will be hundreds of new apartment units in other Okolona-area developments. She also said she had attended community meetings and found the applicant to be short on answers.
“I still have a lot of reservations and concerns about this because of where it’s located; the traffic out there is horrendous,” she said.
Increased traffic, the safety of pedestrians walking along busy Shelbyville Road, an impact on property values and rising crime were among the concerns expressed by area residents this year, in writing and at public meetings.