Construction already underway at the Swift Plant
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The JB Swift Plant between Story and Mellwood avenues in Butchertown is ready to expand. So ready, a tipster tells us, that construction has begun without approval or apparently even a permit. An unpublicized meeting with the Metro Board of Zoning was held yesterday where the Board decided to delay approval for the already-started project until a public hearing could be held.

In all, Swift proposes adding about 6,000 square feet to its facilities including an “Unloading Chute” to deliver pigs to their holding pens. The concrete work above is the beginning of the new chute that will eventually be covered in metal according to plans filed with the city. It’s unclear at this point whether the additions are part of requirements put in place by the Air Pollution Control Board or for some other purpose, but the fact that they began construction without permission and then tried to get permission under the radar of the public and the Butchertown neighborhood shows what kind of neighbor the Swift Plant really is.

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Branden Klayko

Branden Klayko

Founder and Editor at Broken Sidewalk
Branden founded Broken Sidewalk in 2008 while practicing architecture in Louisville. He continued the site for seven years while living in New York City, returning to Louisville in 2016. Branden is a graduate of the College of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, and has covered architecture, design, and urbanism for The Architect's Newspaper, Designers & Books, Inhabitat, and the American Institute of Architects.
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3 COMMENTS

  1. This is actually not an "expansion" but a modification. People want them to improve but complain when they do. Make up your minds already!

  2. From what I understand of the matter, there would be a lot less outcry if JB Swift would have gone through the proper channels for this construction project. Building without a permit or approval is no way to conduct business. Besides a building permit, Swift will need a modified Conditional Use Permit from the Board of Zoning Adjustment. Communication with the neighborhood and abiding by the law are the issues here.

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