Jeffersontown seeks proposals for tract in burgeoning Gaslight Square area

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. — As the pace of redevelopment picks up in the City of Jeffersontown’s Gaslight Square District, city officials are looking for a private-sector developer to take on a 2.38-acre site at 3608 College Drive, just east of Watterson Trail. The property also fronts on a busy commercial stretch of Billtown Road.

The site is adjacent to the popular 3rd Turn Brewing, which is about to open its bourbon bar concept next door to its existing Jeffersontown brewery. Other nearby dining and entertainment options in the walkable district include Feast BBQ, RecBar, J-Town Beach Volleyball, Mac’s Dough House, Bearno’s Pizza, El Nopal and Chubby Ray’s.

Jeffersontown officials envision a mixed-use development on the site but are open to other ideas, including a boutique hotel, office complex or retail center.

“This site offers a unique opportunity as Jeffersontown has become the place to be,” said Jeffersontown Mayor Bill Dieruf. “We see development of this property as the next major investment to enhance the Gaslight Square District and to offer more options for our citizens and for the increasing number of people who are seeking out Jeffersontown.”

The Jeffersontown Economic Development Authority, which is an agency of the City of Jeffersontown, issued a Request for Proposals that includes details about the types of mixed uses and activities allowed under Jeffersontown’s recently adopted Town Center Form District. The RFP also has information about how the City has cleared and cleaned up the property since acquiring it in 2017. Since its acquisition, Jeffersontown has a total investment of about $160,000 in the site.

“This is a prime piece of property unlike anything on the market in eastern Jefferson County right now,” said Mike Kmetz, JEDA’s executive director. “The proximity to 34,000 employees who work for the 1,800 businesses located in Jeffersontown makes the site compelling in addition to the property’s connection to the Gaslight Square District.”

Proposals must include:

  • Narrative of the proposed Development Plan and expected investment;
  • Conceptual drawing, artist rendering and/or examples of comparable work;
  • List of developers’ qualifications;
  • Estimated timeline for development’s completion.

RFP responses must be submitted at Jeffersontown City Hall, 10416 Watterson Trail, by Monday, July 15, at 4:30 p.m.