Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - Butchertown's Swift Meat Packing Plant has avoided the chopping block.
Louisville's Board of Zoning voted four to two to keep the plant open despite breaking local laws.
Dozens of Swift workers showed up for the zoning meeting; 1,300 would've been out of work if the plant closed.
The Butchertown neighborhood wanted Swift to move elsewhere or face stricter rules.
Neither happened but Metro Council President David Tandy says the city has been working for the past year to find a new home for swift.
"While I'm prohibited from disclosing a lot of details because of the sensitive nature of the negotiations back and forth, I can say that of this year we're extremely close to having a deal structured," says Tandy.
Tandy says they could have a deal for Swift by next year to move them to a more industrial part of town.