Community input will be sought for redevelopment
LOUISVILLE (May 2, 2017) — The city has announced it has purchased the former Parkland grocery store located at Virginia Avenue and South 28th Street with plans to explore redevelopment options.
“The acquisition of this property is an important first component of the Parkland Neighborhood Plan,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “Our vision for Parkland in the future is of a vibrant, connected, and greener neighborhood with a commercial area along South 28th Street between Virginia and Dumesnil avenues.”
The city hopes to use the building as a catalyst for community economic development in the neighborhood. This property has been used as a grocery store and meat store over the years and holds a place of importance in the Parkland center.
“We are extremely excited about the acquisition of this property. Everybody agrees that this is in an important step to ensure that Parkland will continue to rise,” said Councilwoman Jessica Green (D-1). “I will be holding a series of neighborhood meetings about the future development of the site and I encourage all residents to come out and get involved in the process. This is a win for the Parkland community and for all of District 1.”
Other key activities happening in Parkland include the opening of Irma Dee’s restaurant, the Parkland Neighborhood Plan, and the continued growth of a community garden.
The public input phase of developing the Parkland Neighborhood Plan was completed earlier this year and the city expects to begin the formal adoption process in May.
Key recommendations of the plan include:
• Promoting the revitalization of the former Parkland Commercial Corridor as a place of health and wellness.
• Establishing cooperation and control of key real estate parcels identified in the Corridor Improvement Study Master Plan.
• Redeveloping and reconfiguring the vacant corner grocery and the associated parking lot.
• Creating destinations within walking distance of housing and workplaces. Preserving historic structures and encouraging first floor retail uses by restoring original commercial facades and transparency.
To learn more about the Parkland Neighborhood Plan, visit https://louisvilleky.gov/government/advanced-planning/parkland-neighborhood-plan