Prospect Cove defeat sparks calls of redlining

In a vote of 14 to 11, Louisville Metro Council voted down a proposed 198-unit, four-story affordable senior housing development called Prospect Cove.

Councilman Scott Reed, R-16, reiterated his past comments that he didn’t believe the design of Prospect Cove fit the character of the surrounding neighborhood and was larger than any other residential development in the area. Reed represents the district the development was proposed to be built in.

“There are no four-story residential facilities in the Prospect area. There is nothing close to that. The issue has never been about affordable housing. It’s been about the size and scope,” Reed said after several council members accused nearby residents of trying to kill the project because of the type of people they thought would live there.

Councilwoman Mary Woolridge, D-3, said she was insulted by the fact that the needed development faced so much blowback, noting that most of the city’s affordable housing is concentrated in the West End.

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