LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – The residents of Lake Forest have a new neighbor, and they’re not happy about it. A concrete plant is under construction in front of their home.
Neighbors are concerned about the potential noise and air pollution that accompanies an industrial facility. They are also concerned about the large, heavy trucks filled with concrete driving in and out of the plant at all hours of the day in the residential area, which is just down the street from a school.
The construction of the factory has already started, which surprised the people who live there.
“How does no one in the Lake Forest residence know that this concrete batching plant is actually going to come in?” said Ross Kowzan, who lives directly across from the factory.
Neighborhood residents said they were never notified.
“It was neighbor to neighbor playing phone and texting,” neighbor Nick Berg said. “When it comes to a security issue, word spreads quickly.”
A statement from a plant spokesperson said in part: “SI Ready Mix’s concrete plant at Aiken Road was unanimously approved at a publicly announced hearing several months ago.”
When the plant presented the plan at a Development Review Board meeting in March, Commissioner Jeff Brown pointed out that there was no one from Lake Forest.
“I’m a little surprised, I don’t think there’s anyone here who objects,” Brown said. “I’m surprised Lake Forest didn’t have a problem with fugitive dust.”
Brown said he’s seen what concrete batching plants do to a residential area. Kowzan said he did his own research to see what the effects were.
“The CDC, the NIH, they’ve done research on this,” Kowzan said, “and actually seen with developing children that living near a concrete plant with particles in the air actually decreases the development of their lungs.”
Down the street from where the factory is being built is Stopher Elementary School and St. Mary’s Center for Adults and Teens with Disabilities.
Carla Dixon has a daughter who attends St. Mary’s.
“They often do walking exercises outside, gardening, all these daily activities that they do, and just the residue from the concrete installation could be very detrimental to their health,” Dixon said.
Lake Forest residents petitioned the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District to deny the permit for the plant. The APCD is examining it.
Full factory statement:
“SI Ready Mix’s concrete plant at Aiken Road was unanimously approved at a public hearing several months ago. The property on which the mixing plant is located is not in the Lake Forest Subdivision. It has been located on industrial zoned property (M-3) for several decades, long before the development of Lake Forest. Primary site operations are removed from Aiken Road and appropriate landscaped buffers will be used to enhance aesthetics. This industrial area already includes a rock quarry, making the location of the mixing plant suitable to accommodate the tremendous growth in construction in this area of our community. By obtaining its permits and approvals, SI Ready Mix has not only complied with all relevant regulations, it has exceeded them, which it will continue to do as a good neighbor and provide necessary services to the growing area. .
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