LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A multi-sport training facility may soon open near Floyd’s Fork.
Serendipity Kentucky, LLC. proposed a development called “The Junction” that would bring soccer fields, a gymnasium center and indoor training grounds to Fisherville at 2800 S. English Station Rd.
Shannon Wickel is a partner of Serendipity Kentucky and owner of Kentucky Gymnastics Academy. She said the Academy is growing from its current facility and would like families to have easier access to the facility.
“Right now parents are so crazy driving all over town and we’re sharing families with other sports entities that come on board, and to be able to give them a quality of life, a one-stop-shop for them, where they can drop their kids off and take a walk or enjoy the parks,” Wickel said.
The proposed project would take place in two phases.
The first phase would create the indoor facility for gymnasium, training grounds and a fitness center. As well as an outdoor soccer field and walking paths in the already wooded area on the back half of the property.
The second phase would expand the parking lot, add another outdoor football field and a half football field.
“The Junction” would also redevelop existing natural space on the property to create trails for walking or biking, and a lake for fishing.
“We pay special attention to all areas that join the parks and make sure it stays natural and respects the integrity of the land,” Wickel said.
The developers said the parking lots will have wide islands throughout, which will dip to allow runoff from the parking lots to flow into “swells”, where native wildlife will function as a natural filter and retention space.
To accommodate water from the roof, the developers plan to build a “sand filter” under the parking lot. The water will flow there and will be naturally filtered before flowing into a nearby stream.
Preservation of the land was the main concern of neighbors during the first public meeting on the development on Tuesday evening.
Another concern raised was traffic. But, Wickel said cars came and went throughout the day and there were no plans to hold large-scale tournaments.
Several neighbors who raised concerns said they were happy with the overall development.
“I don’t want to see more industrialists moving out, the family-oriented type of development is very nice,” said neighbor Tim Creed.
The development will need to complete the conditional use permit process and Floy’s Fork development review overlay before construction begins.
Wickel said if the process goes well, she and her fellow partners hope to break ground in January.
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