In January 2020, Louisville Metro Government held a public meeting to update residents on the conditions of the site and the city's efforts to find a developer to return the site to productive use, as well as gather feedback from residents about the types of development they'd like to see at the site. Louisville Metro's Office of Advanced Planning and Sustainability will issue an RFP (Request for Proposals) later this year to redevelop the site.
Click HERE for the presentation from the January meeting.
For more information about the site conditions and its environmental covenent, see below.
The city-owned property is a 16.7-acre site, zoned EZ-1, that formerly housed the Rhodia chemical plant. It is bound by South Seventh Street, South 11th Street, Hill Street and Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks in the Park Hill neighborhood. This site is highly visible from Seventh Street and easily accessible. Immediately west of the Rhodia site is the Louisville Metro Housing Authority’s 35-acre Parkway Place Apartments public housing complex.
From 1919 until the 1940s, Dabney Jones Company made lacquers, varnishes, and enamels at the site. It later housed operations for manufacturing epoxy-based coatings and then water-based epoxies and acrylics. The property has been vacant since 1994.
The property is subject to an environmental covenent that includes restrictions on the property, inlcuding prohibiting consumption of groundwater from the site and disturbance of the cap on the property, which prevents toxins from leaching out of the ground. The developer of the property will need to allow continued monitoring of the site and groundwater conditions.
Biennial Ground Water Monitoring Report (Prepared April 2019)
Risk Management Plan (Prepared in 2002)
Environmental Assessment (Prepared in 2001)
Park Hill Industrial Corridor Implementation Strategy (Prepared in October 2009)