Mayor Craig Greenberg joined Park Hill/Algonquin Community of Opportunity Advisory Board and developer Re:land Group to announce next steps for Rhodia redevelopment.

This city-owned property is a 16.7-acre site that housed the Rhodia chemical plant. From 1919 until the 1940s, Dabney Jones Company made lacquers, varnishes, and enamels. It later housed operations for manufacturing epoxy-based coatings and then epoxies and acrylics. The property has been vacant since 1994. The manufacturing uses contaminated the property, resulting in its designation as a brownfield.

In 2009, Louisville Metro Government completed the Park Hill Industrial Corridor Implementation Study. The study identified Rhodia as a catalyst site for redevelopment with the potential to stimulate investment and other redevelopments nearby. 

In 2021, an environmental assessment was conducted to understand the extent of the contamination. Environmental assessments are required by the EPA before a site can be remediated. The assessments for the Rhodia Site are available below: 

Today, the property is subject to an environmental covenant. An environmental covenant is a legal instrument that limits what can be done on the property. The Rhodia site's covenant prevents groundwater consumption and disturbing the site cap. During the site remediation process, part of the Rhodia site was capped. A cap is a cover over contaminated materials that prevents it from spreading.

In 2023, work began to remediate half of the Rhodia site. That work was completed in early 2024, and plans were submitted by developer RE:Land Group to construct 233 affordable housing units.

Partnering with a developer

To begin the redevelopment process, Louisville Metro Government held a public meeting. This public meeting updated residents on site conditions and gathered their feedback. The staff presentation from that public meeting is available here. To ensure transparency in the solicitation process, public comments are available here. 

Louisville Metro published a Solicitation of Interest (SOI) to request redevelopment proposals. The SOI received one proposal from the RE:Land Group and Luckett & Farley available here. In July 2022, Louisville Metro held an open house to introduce RE:Land and their proposal. A recording of the July open house is available here.

In October 2022, the RE:Land Group was selected to lead the redevelopment of the Rhodia site. The redevelopment includes a development agreement. A development agreement is a contract that sets expectations for the redevelopment. The development agreement can be amended if both parties agree. The development agreements for the Rhodia site are available below: 

To following along with Rhodia site updates, visit these news articles:

'It's a beautiful thing' | Part of former Rhodia site ready for development in west Louisville – March 2024

City taking next step toward transforming former Rhodia site into a community-led mixed-use development - June 2023

Louisville Metro Government issues request for proposals for environmental remediation work at former Rhodia site – December 2022

Louisville Metro moving forward with Re:land Group to redevelop Rhodia property - October 2020

For more information, please reach out to Sara Ellis, Brownfields Project Manager at (502) 572-1569 or by email.

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