LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A $25 million investment for the Food Port project in the Russell neighborhood will soon be a reality.

Zoning board officials unanimously approved the project Monday despite arguments made against the project.

The West Louisville Food Port has been in the works for years. It's an urban reinvestment project promising to bring food-related businesses to the proposed 24-acre land located between 30th and Market and Muhammad Ali.

The plan once included a bio-digestive plant that would produce methane gas but after the community raised concerns, developers scrapped the plans from the proposal.

"We can not only serve our local food economy but help rebuild our communities and our connections between neighborhoods in Louisville," Stephen Reilly of Seed Capital KY said.

Officials say developers were backed by many in the community.

Residents of the Shawnee, Russell and Portland neighborhoods were advocating for the Food Port saying it will bring job opportunities while reducing crime and enabling healthy lifestyles.

Developers say they hope to break ground on the project in spring 2016.