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Old 05-18-2011, 01:04 AM
 
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I'm moving to Louisville from California in July, and I'm looking at a place in Butchertown. Everything about the place and the area seems great, except I hear that the area smells from the packing plant.

How bad is the smell? Where and when do you usually smell it?

Hopefully this won't turn me off to an otherwise awesome place.
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:01 AM
 
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I'm moving to Louisville from California in July, and I'm looking at a place in Butchertown. Everything about the place and the area seems great, except I hear that the area smells from the packing plant.

How bad is the smell? Where and when do you usually smell it?

Hopefully this won't turn me off to an otherwise awesome place.
Not too bad except on hot, hazy summer days without a breeze when the stench can get pretty bad. I don't think you notice it the rest of the yr.
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:04 AM
 
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the smell is very random, but mostly in the summer. it can be quite bad and at times i can smell it when i leave work at university hospital(east side of downtown). other than that the neighborhood is pretty up and coming with a few cool restaurants and art galleries as well as a gravy commute if you work downtown.
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Old 05-18-2011, 10:06 AM
 
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The smell is worst in the Mellwood/Story Ave area immediately west of the plant, since the wind is usually out of the west. It also can be unpleasant in Butchertown proper to the north of the plant. And as STX said, it's worst in the summer.

The smell is bad enough that it would give me pause if I were considering buying a house there. However, there have been on-and-off discussions between the city and JB Swift about relocating the plant, so it's possible it may not be a problem for long. If the plant were to move, I would expect property values in Butchertown to go up significantly. So now might be a good time to buy.

2009 WSJ article about the plant and neighborhood:

Trendy District Roasts Hog Plant - WSJ.com
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:17 PM
 
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How bad is it over by the Edison house? I'm looking at a place in that direction from the plant.
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:41 PM
 
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How bad is it over by the Edison house? I'm looking at a place in that direction from the plant.
Not as bad there, only on the hottest and most stagnant days will you smell it. I really like that Edison Park development if that is where you are looking. With the emergence of NuLU...I can think of at least 6 restaurants/bars... planned to open soon it is quite the hipster haven.

On east Market, places like Ghyslain, Please and Thank You, Harvest, and Garage Bar will all be new additions along with 2 or 3 more I cannot recall the names of plus the dozens of galleries and restaurants already in the area.
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