Louisville Metro to enter negotiations with Underhill Associates for Urban Government Center redevelopment

November 16, 2020
Photo of a vacant building on the Urban Government Center property

Following a competitive process, community feedback, and a committee-based evaluation, Louisville Metro Government will enter negotiations toward a development agreement with Louisville-based Underhill Associates.

The redevelopment response from Underhill Associates proposes affordable, senior and student housing, offices, a fitness facility, daycare, local grocery store, farmer’s market pavilion, restaurant and retail space, and a community garden and edible orchard.

Underhill Associates was one of two development teams that responded to a Request for Proposals (RFP) Louisville Metro issued in June seeking someone to redevelop the nearly 10-acre site. A five-person selection committee, made up of Louisville Metro employees, reviewed the two proposals and community feedback, conducted interview sessions with the development teams, and scored both.

With a score of 84.5 out of 110, Underhill Associates’ proposal emerged as the highest scoring response to the RFP. The committee noted that it is more reflective of community input and addresses potential gentrification and displacement. Throughout the community feedback process, residents have consistently expressed a desire for a mixed-use development at the site.

The committee noted that the Underhill Associates response requests a significant financial investment, $12 million, from Louisville Metro Government to complete the redevelopment. As part of the negotiations, Louisville Metro will work with Underhill Associates to identify potential ways to close the funding gap. If Louisville Metro and Underhill Associates are unable to negotiate a development agreement, the city reserves the right to negotiate an agreement with the runner-up or issue a new RFP.

For more information about the Urban Government Center and to view Underhill Associate’s proposal, please visit www.louisvilleky.gov/urbangovernmentcenter.