LACE proposal advances to negotiations for community grocery project
The nonprofit Louisville Association for Community Economics (LACE) has been selected for negotiations to open and operate a community grocery in an underserved community, the Louisville Metro Office for Management & Budget (OMB) announced today.
Working with the Louisville Metro Center for Health Equity and Louisville Forward, the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office will next work with LACE and its Louisville Community Grocery co-op to draft a letter of intent for Metro Council review.
The FY21 Louisville Metro Budget required that the plan for using the $3.5 million to establish a community grocery store be approved by the Metro Council. If the Metro Council approves the terms of the letter of intent, a development agreement that outlines the project’s details will be prepared.
The $3.5 million project would create a community grocery to help address a food desert in an underserved neighborhood.
The original Request for Proposal (RFP) was released in November 2020 and responses were evaluated in early 2021. Negotiations were conducted over many months in 2021, but eventually terminated in early 2022. A revised RFP was released in March of this year and included greater detail about the use of bond funds and expectation of site control for the project.