LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Nestled next to downtown Louisville, you’ll find the small community of Smoketown. It’s a neighborhood that has struggled, but is full of fighters and Friday they say, that work has paid off.
Three liquors stores that were proposed for the neighborhood have either pulled out, or revised their plans after pushback from the neighborhood.
"We just decided that enough is enough and once we decided that I think things began to change even more significantly,” Pastor F. Bruce Williams, Bates Memorial Church, said.
Williams is one of many who lead the charge when three new liquor stores started planting roots inside community lines.
"It was just kind of a slap in the face and an insult because the last thing we needed was liquor stores- more liquor stores, proliferation of liquor of stores,” Williams said.
Williams points to a period of neglect and past full of problems for those who call the community home. He said they need resources, not liquor stores to continue thriving and surviving.
"It isn't really a great mystery when you think about it. We just want a community where the environment enhances the quality of people's lives,” Williams said.
All three stores were denied permits on the local level but had the opportunity to appeal to the state. Of the three, two filed appeals. On Thursday, one of those was denied- the other postponed, as they revise their proposal to be a grocery store instead.
CEO of Manhattan on Broadway, Naychand Trabue, said, "We're looking forward to being able to get a better understanding about what type of grocery store they would like to bring into the community and hopefully be able to collaborate if that is their ultimate goal."
Trabue is another big voice behind the cause. She is a fourth generation Smoketown resident, and owns a business in the neighborhood.
She that kind of business they will support because it would benefit those who live there, and that's the bottom line.
"Now that it’s on the rise, we need to keep it on the rise and keep bringing forth positivity in the community,” Trabue said.
Both Williams and Trabue say they are hopeful the grocery store proposal will stay true and businesses that better the neighborhood will start picking Smoketown.
The grocery store will take their proposal back to Frankfort in February of next year.