Louisville Gardens

Louisville Gardens, Louisville, Kentucky, downtown louisville, economic development, redevelopment, rfp, rfi, louisville forward


The Louisville Gardens is a 6,000-seat iconic property that possesses a rich history of hosting marquee events ranging from concerts to athletic events and has sat empty for a little more than a decade. 

The estimated cost to redevelop this historic asset as at least $40 million. 

The city routinely gives tours to interested parties, and we welcome all viable proposals who can join with the city to return the Louisville Gardens to its former use as a public gathering space for arts, entertainment, and community use.

Interested parties should contact the city to provide the following information:

  • An introductory letter identifying the interested developer and providing contact information, 
  • A description of the proposed development team's qualifications and expereince, 
  • A preliminary concept/vision of the project and how it is consistent Metro's goal of returning the Louisville Gardens  to an arts/entertainment center open to the public,
  • The developer's financial capacity to complete the project as proposed, and 
  • Proposed terms, including a preliminary sources and uses of funds.

Receipt of proposals does not obligate Metro in any way to engage any developer, and Metro reserves the right to reject any or all proposals. 


Structural information: 

Former Request for Proposal for the redevelopment of the Louisville Gardens

Building assessment (including Exhibit A)

Plans and elevations

Final analysis of Brownfields cleanup alternatives

Phase 1 ESA report

Click here for a brief timeline of the Louisville Gardens
Here's what media is saying about the Louisville Gardens:
WDRB, September 15, 2017
Courier Journal, February 17, 2017
WFPL, October 23, 2015



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