Developers to revise plan for Duncan Hill

December 16, 2004|LIZ MAPLES

Elite Development Enterprises isn't giving up on the idea of tearing down the old Club 2000 on Duncan Hill and building houses. But the neighbors on the street have vowed not to give up fighting it.

The neighbors were present for Wednesday's Danville-Boyle County Planning and Zoning Commission meeting when commissioners voted to let Elite revise the plan that was rejected in November.

Elite is headed by Norman Bartleson, the local NAACP president, and his partner, Kevin Nevils, who is also known as Kayvon Nevils.

Now they want to put 12 houses on less than three acres. The original plan was to build 14 houses, but commissioners have said they believe two of the houses might be in the Clark's Run flood plain.


The revision still didn't satisfy Duncan Hill resident Kerry Kenley, who said the plan amounts to putting low-income houses in his neighborhood. He said that the street is only 20-feet wide and can't handle the extra traffic from a dozen more families.

The neighbors also say that the development would change the look of the neighborhood. The street is one of the oldest in the city. It has older houses that sit on large lots facing the street, and near the end of it there is farmland.

The development would have four houses facing the street, and the rest facing a new street that ends in a cul-de-sac.

The smallest house would have 1,300 square feet and sit on 0.1 of an acre. Each house would have a garage. The proposed development complies with zoning regulations, but commissioners voted it down, siding with the neighbors. The property is zoned GR-B, which is usually for duplexes. The developers want to build single-family houses.

Construction of $100,000 house has begun

Elite has already begun construction on a $100,000 house on a Duncan Hill site across the street from the proposed development.

Bartleson has repeatedly refused to talk about the situation or his development on Duncan Hill. On Wednesday his attorney Bill Stevens spoke for him.

Earlier this year, Bartleson gave the city a petition on letterhead from the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People asking the city to help it build affordable housing on Duncan Hill. Bartelson had asked the city to donate land that was dedicated for Hilldale Cemetery expansion.

That plan has apparently died, but the city released the petition after the newspaper appealed to the state attorney general under the Open Records Act. Many of the people who signed the petition, when questioned by the newspaper, were unclear on Bartleson's plan. Some had assumed it was an NAACP project.

Nevils, Bartleson's partner, was ordered by a Louisville court in 2000 not to participate in contractual work as part of his probation in connection with a felony conviction for theft by failure to make required disposition of property. The court sentenced him to five years of supervised probation.

After Nevils was arrested by Danville police in August on a probation violation, Bartleson posted a $35,000 cash bond.

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