In early 2020, Louisville Forward will work with the community on a new competitive process to develop the Urban Government Center site following The Marian Group's decision to terminate its development agreement with Louisville Metro Government in December 2019. Louisville Forward hosted a public meeting Jan. 28, 2020 to update residents on the current status of the Urban Government Center property and gather additional input to guide future redevelopment of the site. All of the information presented at the meeting, as well as results from surveys and activities, can be found at the links below.
At the public meeting, there was significant discussion surrounding slide (page) number 25, which provided an overview of projected costs for adaptive reuse of the main hospital building versus new construction. The new construction cost did not include a demolition cost, which some may have interpreted as an assertion that demolition and new construction would be cheaper than adaptive reuse. Metro believes that with the addition of demolition expenses, the cost of the two approaches would be substantially similar. Metro has updated that slide for clarity, and plans to solicit demolition bids for a more complete comparison.
About the Urban Government Center
The Urban Government Center is a nearly 10-acre site consisting of four buildings that have served as government offices for the last several decades. 810 Barret, the most prominent of the buildings on site, is a 7-story structure constructed in 1924 as the Kentucky Baptist Hospital; annexes were added to the building at later dates to form an entrance area and elevator shaft. The remainder of the site consists of a 4-story building constructed in 1940 as housing for nursing students, a 3-story structure erected in the mid- to late-1990’s that housed offices for Louisville’s Air Pollution Control District, and a small steam plant featuring a smokestack constructed with the original Kentucky Baptist Hospital.
Numerous enviromental reviews were conducted to assess the state of the buildings and estimate remediation costs.
Click here for cost estimates for remediation of the Urban Government Center buildings.
The effort to redevelop the Urban Government Center site featured an extensive community engagement process starting in 2016 that included multiple public meetings to hear the concerns and values of people from Paristown Pointe and area neighborhoods.
Click here to read the public comments submitted on the redevelopment of the Urban Government Center.
Louisville Metro Government solicited proposals from developers in 2017 with the goal of attracting a new mixed-use, mixed-income development at the site.
Five development groups submitted proposals, which were reviewed and scored by a panel of Louisville Metro staff and members of the community. In the evaluation panel, Lizabeth Calenberg, Mary Hardesty, Debbie Hoblitzell and Chuck Woodall represented the community and Deborah Bilitski (former Director of Develop Louisville), Gabe Fritz (former Director of Housing & Community Development), Daniel Frockt (Chief Financial Officer), Gretchen Milliken (Director of Advanced Planning) and Allison Smith (Brownfields Program Manager) represented LMG.
Solicitation of Interest responses
Presentations from April 17 public meeting
Click here to view the live stream video of the April 17 public meeting.
Click here to view the comments provided by the public at the April 17 public meeting.
Ultimately, The Marian Group was selected in December 2017 after receiving the highest score. The city signed a preliminary development agreement with The Marian Group in July 2018.
Once The Marian Group had completed all necessary work to begin the transformation of 814 Vine St. and Louisville Metro issued a notice of termination to Paristown Preservation Trust and the Kentucky Center, Louisville Metro was faced with the threat of litigation. In July 2019, a settlement agreement between Louisville Metro, The Marian Group, Paristown Preservation Trust, and the Kentucky Center was reached.
Click here for timeline of Urban Government Center redevelopment.
Click here for Metro Council resolution approving the settlement agreement.
In an effort to ensure that the redevelopment of the site meets the needs and desires of the community, Louisville Metro's Office of Advanced Planning conducted several design workshops in August 2016. Multiple exercises were utilized during the workshops aimed at soliciting citizen-based ideas for the future of the site.
Attendees discussed elements of the site and surrounding areas that they would like to Preserve, Remove, Add, and Keep Out.
Attendees were asked how the site should be repurposed to achieve the over-arching goals of Connectivity, Identity, Creativity, Energy, Health, and Living.
- How can the site improve Connectivity
- How can the site enhance a unique sense of Identity
- How can the site foster Creativity
- How can the site utilize modern sources of Energy
- How can the site improve citizens Health
- How can the site provide multiple options for Living
Louisville Metro worked with architecture students from the University of Kentucky's College of Design to disseminate the ideas presented at the workshop into a conceptual proposal for the site. This proposal was presented to the public in a series of meetings in October 2016. Louisville Metro staff will now take the feedback from these workshops to continue to develop a concept that will eventually serve as the framework for the future redevelopment of the site. This framework will be presented to the public before any final determination of site redevelopment.
During the week of December 12, 2016 Louisville Metro Government took measures to keep the Urban Government Center on Barret Avenue and Louisville Metro Housing Authority-owned building on Vine Street safe and secure while the visioning process for the property continues.
At the request of the neighborhood, the driveway that connects Vine Street to Barret Avenue will remain open and the parking lot at the southeast corner of the property will remain accessible to support local businesses. Access also will be maintained to 768 Vine Street.