The vacant grocery via Google Maps

The city has announced it has purchased the former Parkland grocery store at Virginia Avenue and South 28th Street with plans to explore redevelopment options as part of the new Parkland Neighborhood Plan. It was formerly the Meat Store Food and Drugs.

The sale went through on April 27. Communication Manager for Louisville Forward Jessica Wethington told Insider that the city bought the property at 1200 S. 28th Street from Bakhos and Inzina El Khoury for $250,000. The building is 24,000 square feet and is across the street from the new Irma Dee’s restaurant.

The Parklands neighborhood. The grocery store and Irma Dees are in the cluster of pink commercially zoned properties in the center of the map. | Map from Parkland Neighborhood Plan

The Parkland Neighborhood Plan, which was developed after two years of study and neighborhood validation, indicated that the area was ripe for development. It states “that the commercial area at 28th Street and Virginia and Dumesnil Avenues could not only be the center of Parkland but part of a new commercial strategy built around a health and wellness theme.”

The 69-page plan also calls for continued growth of a community garden and a year-round covered farmers market in that area. It also emphasizing “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.”

The Parklands Neighborhood plan has yet to be formally adopted, and the city plans to begin the formal adoption process later this month.

“We are extremely excited about the acquisition of this property. Everybody agrees that this is an important step to ensure that Parkland will continue to rise,” said Councilwoman Jessica Green (D-1) in a news release. “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.”

Later Green posted on her Facebook page:

An email sent to Green was not immediately returned.

Updated 1:49 p.m.

Jessica Green sent the following statement to Insider:

“Acquiring the Parkland property has the potential of completely transforming that neighborhood into a vibrant hub of activity and services.  I would love to see a grocery store there, especially given the ongoing west end food desert concerns.  However, I don’t want to limit our options.   There are so many possibilities a space like that would lend itself to.  Things like;  a community center, a police substation, a library, a farmer’s market, or even satellite government offices.  I want the opportunity to explore those ideas and others with the residents of that area and will be convening public meetings to hear from them.   I hope to have those dates set in the next couple weeks.”