Louisville Developer Says ‘Homeless Retreat’ Wasn’t a Sales Tactic
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Developer Chris Thieneman on Thursday denied using homeless people to force the Glenmary Homeowner’s Association to buy an abandoned golf course in the subdivision he has an option to buy.
At a press conference, Thieneman said the West Louisville Urban Coalition, which organized what she described as a “homeless retreat” on the property on October 1 and is planning another for Halloween, just wants to give the kids in this neighborhood “a place to play on the weekends.”
Thieneman said he met group organizer Neal Robertson at a protest about a year and a half ago and that WFUC is just one of the organizations he contacted to use the old land golf club, which has been inactive for almost eight years.
Robertson told reporters he has not decided if he will build a homeless shelter on half an acre land he acquired on October 15, where the press conference was held. .
“This is my property,” said Robertson. He said he could build a “strip club” or whatever he wanted there, but his only goal was to “help the poor”.
In lawsuit, HOA for 850-house subdivision alleges Thieneman ‘aligned’ with Robertson in trying to exploit homeless people to force him to buy old golf course for $ 1.6 million .
Thieneman called it “complete fabrication” and told the press conference that he had given up on buying the HOA.
Both men accused Glenmary residents of being unwelcoming because of their race; Robertson is black and Thieneman noted that he was married to a black woman.
HOA President Robert Thompson called the allegation ridiculous.
“I’m not saying everyone here is racist,” Thieneman said. “But some are. There is hate here.
The HOA has sought a restraining order against Thieneman and WLUC, claiming the transfer of land to the Robertson group is invalid because the original plans for the subdivision – along with a 2018 court order – prohibit further subdividing the subdivision and say that it can only be used for recreation.