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Residents of Catalpagreen will appreciate the planned neighborhood's "environmentally sensitive design" and enjoy other features that will foster a strong sense of community, developers told Triple S Planning commissioners. Commissioners approved preliminary plans for the 239-unit subdivision, just off Ardmore Lane and U.S. 60, Tuesday night.
Homes in the residential development will mimic classic 1900s-style architecture, according to plans on file with Triple S, and will be centered around common green space areas.
"We're excited because it creates the opportunity for people to live together in a community," said Mike Jones, a spokesperson for Canfield Development, the Louisville-based company overseeing the project. "We think social interaction, where you live, will be a very viable aspect of the marketing plan. It kind of takes us back to a way of life we've gotten away from with urban sprawl."
More than 175 single-family homes and 69 patio-style homes will be constructed over 10 phases, developers said. Units will span in size from 1,200 to 2,400-plus sq. feet and range in price from $150,000 to upwards of $400,000.
More than six miles of sidewalks will snake through the neighborhood, in addition to planned wooded trails. Open space will be preserved as much as possible, according to developers, and will make up nearly 34.5 of Catalpagreen's 120-acre complex.
"I believe we have come up with one of the more creative plans that have come before this commission in a long time," said Kerry Magan, project engineer for Catalpagreen. "It's something more than a grid of lots."
But some neighbors seemed more "gridlocked" over Catalpagreen, after a few expressed concerns with how the development would tie into surrounding areas.
Karen Frickey, whose farm on Harrington Mill Road abuts the proposed development, worries about potential trespassers. She also questions how congestion and noise from Catalpagreen might impact her Saddlebred operations.
"When I bought this property I had a wonderful view," Frickey said. "Now I'll have to look at rooftops."
But that might not be the case, said Magan.
Developers have agreed to conduct sound tests and construct walls or natural barriers around Catalpagreen, if engineers deem such remedies necessary.
However, Joyce Sanford, who lives on nearby Ardmore Lane, said those walls would not detract from heavy blasting, which will likely occur during the initial construction of the project.
"Blasting will be a necessary part of constructing sanitary sewers," Magan said.
Heavy blasting from the construction of the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Ky. 55 reportedly damaged Sanford's basement several years ago,
While those explosions were several thousand feet away from Sanford's home, she fears the worst from a building project that is almost literally in her backyard.
While Magan said pre-blast surveys would help to minimize potential damage to nearby homes, agencies will also be on hand to monitor complaints during Catalpagreen's construction.
Construction on Catalpagreen could start as soon as next month, developers said. Construction will progress as demands for more housing units grow.
Canfield Development has constructed several nearby subdivisions including many in Prospect, and eastern Jefferson and Oldham counties.
WAZE Development Co. LLC, a real estate firm owns more than 555 acres in the area, which also encompasses Catalpagreen and separate tracts. WAZE officials plan to convert most of those plots into single-family homes. Shelby County Schools will also build educational facilities just west of that land.