Louisville Gardens


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The Louisville Gardens, located at 525 W. Muhammad Ali Boulevard, is a 6,000-seat arena that opened in 1905 as the Jefferson County Armory. The Louisville Gardens has a rich history of hosting marquee events, ranging from concerts to athletic events. The Louisville Gardens closed in 2008 and is currently used for storage.

The estimated cost to redevelop this historic property is at least $40 million. 

Louisville Metro Government officials routinely provide tours to interested parties. Louisville Metro Government welcomes all viable proposals to return the Louisville Gardens to its former use as a public gathering space for arts, entertainment, and community use.

Interested parties should contact Louisville Metro Government 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 experience;
  • 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 preliminary sources and uses of funds.

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


Structural information: 

Former Request for Proposals

Building Assessment

Plans and Elevations

Phase 1 Environmental Assessment

Phase 2 Environmental Assessment

Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives

Petroleum Remediation Final Report

Timeline/Fact Sheet

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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