A rendering of the proposed Willow Grande in Cherokee Triangle | Courtesy of Jefferson Development Group

The 15-story, 24-unit luxury condominium development known as Willow Grande faces no more legal impediments following the Kentucky Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the case against the development.

“We are pleased for Kevin Cogan that this litigation is finally over,” Sheryl G. Snyder, an attorney with Frost Brown Todd, said in a news release. “The Willow Grande development may now proceed.”

Snyder represented Cogan and his firm, the Jefferson Development Group, against lawsuits filed by the Cherokee Triangle Association in 2012 after both the Louisville Metro Landmarks Commission and Metro Council approved of Cogan’s plans for Willow Grande and a zoning change for the property. The association argued throughout the planning process that the development was too large and did not fit into the neighborhood.

Cogan did not respond to calls or a message seeking comment on the decision. It is unclear when construction could begin on Willow Grande at the corner of Willow and Baringer avenues.

“Naturally, Cherokee Triangle Association and all of the many people who opposed this development were disappointed with the final result,” said Bill Seiller, the attorney who represented the Cherokee Triangle Association during the prolonged legal battle. “We were always sure that our position was correct and believe that if the Supreme Court had reviewed the case, the chances of a favorable decision were excellent. But the case is now over, and we hope that the project lives up to the representations of the developer.”

Still in play is Cogan’s legal fight against the Cherokee Triangle Association. Back in 2016, Insider reported that Cogan had sued the association for damages related to the lengthy legal process.

Don Cox, a partner at Lynch, Cox, Gilman & Goodman PSC, represents Cogan in that case. He said Thursday morning that the lawsuit continues to move through the court system. The lawsuit alleges abuse of process and malicious prosecution on the part of the Cherokee Triangle Association; it also estimates damages in excess of $1 million, Cox said.

Although Cogan is free to move forward with Willow Grande, another of his proposed developments — One Park — has found numerous detractors. The project, estimated to cost between $450 million and $500 million, includes a hotel, multifamily housing, office space and retail, and it would raise more than 30 stories high.

The project has been in the works for years, but plans for the development near Cherokee Park were only recently filed with Louisville Metro Planning & Design Services.

Caitlin Bowling
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