Standing on the former Rhodia site with members of the Park Hill/Algonquin Community of Opportunity Advisory Board and developer Re:land Group, Louisville Mayor Craig Greenberg announced that next steps toward revisioning the long-vacant brownfield property as a community-led mixed-use development will get underway soon.
In 2022, Metro Council approved the allocation of $10 million in federal American Rescue Plan funds to pay for environmental remediation at the Rhodia site, 1495 S. 11th St. Louisville Metro Government issued two requests for proposals related to this work: St. Louis-based O6 Environmental was chosen to remediate soil contamination at the site, and EnviroForensics was chosen to oversee the removal of contaminated soil.
“We are excited to finally move forward on the cleanup of this site. The resulting redevelopment project will serve as a cornerstone for much-needed future development in the Park Hill and Algonquin neighborhoods to improve quality of life for area residents and build up neighborhoods that have long been neglected,” said Mayor Greenberg. “Thank you to the members of the Opportunity Advisory Board for their hard work to ensure this project meets the needs and desires of the community and to Re:land Group for putting community first throughout this process.”
Metro signed a Phase 1 development agreement with the Re:land Group for the Rhodia project on January 28, 2021.
On Oct. 13, 2020, Louisville Metro Government announced plans to move forward with Re:land Group on the development of the Rhodia property. Next steps include finalizing a development agreement and organizing a Project Advisory Group, which will represent neighborhood interests and act as a conduit for communication with the community throughout process. LEARN MORE
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 issued a Solicitation of Interest on May 20, 2020.
Click HERE for the presentation from the January meeting.
Click HERE for comments from January meeting.
For more information about the site conditions and its environmental covenant, see below.
If you have questions or would like to speak with someone, please contact Office of Planning Director Michael King at (502) 574-0032 or email him.
One developer group, Re:land Group and Luckett & Farley, responded to the Solicitation of Interest to redevelop the Rhodia property. CLICK HERE to view their development proposal.
Watch the virtual open house held on July 31: https://www.facebook.com/DevelopLouisville/videos/300767257674434/
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 covenant that includes restrictions on the property, including 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.
Rhodia Additional Sampling (May 2022)
Biennial Ground Water Monitoring Report (Prepared April 2019)
UPDATED: Remediation Plan (Prepared in 2022)
Approval of Remediation Plan (Prepared in 2022)
Environmental Assessment (Prepared in 2002)
Park Hill Industrial Corridor Implementation Strategy (Prepared in October 2009)