LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A lawsuit brought by residents near Oxmoor Center against the developers of Topgolf was thrown out today, clearing the way for the entertainment complex to take over the former Sears location at the mall.
Residents were challenging the actions of the Louisville/Jefferson County Planning Commission and the Louisville Metro Council, saying complex was too close to the neighborhood and that lights and noise would cause problems.
A spokesperson for Topgolf tells Spectrum News 1 the lights they plan to install will emit less light than the lights currently being used in the mall parking lot. No word on when the golf-themed entertainment complex will break ground. Topgolf released this statement after the ruling. "This is a tremendous day for Louisville, Topgolf, and Oxmoor Center. The court has now confirmed what we have long known as true: Topgolf is right for Oxmoor Center. We applaud Judge Ann Bailey Smith, the Louisville Metro Council, and Planning Commission for their thoughtful and thorough evaluation of the facts, studies, and science behind the project throughout this year-long process."
Stephen Porter, the attorney for the neighborhood, sent in a statement saying, " I have not had an opportunity to study it yet. However, obviously my clients and I are disappointed and believe the Court's decision is misguided. We will have no further comment until I have had a chance to study the Opinion and discuss it with my clients. An appeal is certainly possible but no decision on that has been discussed or made at this point.
Here is a complete copy of today's ruling.