The Louisville Presbyterian Seminary has taken 25 acres of land off the market for 30 days. The move comes after people who live in surrounding neighborhoods expressed concern about future development on the land.
Alta Vista Neighborhood Association president Kyle Noltemeyer said he’s worried a buyer will develop the park lands and build nearly 100 new homes in the area.
Noltemeyer met with seminary leaders on Wednesday who agreed to hold the sale for 30 days and he’s now mobilizing his neighbors to come up with an alternative plan for the land.
“I’m confident that we can have something that would make us happy, that doesn’t mean that we can raise $13 million.”
District 8 councilman Brandon Coan said there isn’t much the city can do to prevent development of the land but he believes in the power of the neighborhood.
“I’m really impressed by the size of the group that showed up and by their commitment to try to find a good solution here,” Coan said.
The seminary has said it will be selective when considering potential bids for the land if the neighborhood cannot come up with a proposal suitable for them.
Resident David Ernstberger said over-developing the land would be a disservice to Louisville. Officials with the seminary cannot predict exactly what a buyer would want to do with the 25 acres.