Developers of the proposed One Park project Tuesday evening will present to the public a newly revised plan for the mixed-use project slated for the intersection of Grinstead Drive and Lexington Road.
It will be the 12th public hearing on the development, which has been estimated at up to $500 million and has been called the biggest development in the city’s history. The development would include nearly 600 apartments or condos, nearly 300 hotel rooms, three floors of office space, plus retail, event space and a restaurant.
Early applications related to the development date back to June 2016, and plans for the project have been changed numerous times over the past two years in response to residents’ comments.
One Park, a project from Kevin Cogan’s Jefferson Development Group, seeks a zoning change from C-2 to a Planned Development District before it can proceed. Cogan’s attorney in the development, William Bardenwerper, said Tuesday night’s public hearing will be the final one.
Next, it will go to the Louisville Metro Planning Commission for the zoning decision.
A large turnout is to be expected. Bill Hollander, whose district begins just across the street from the planned development, made a request last year to the developers on behalf of his constituents for an evening hearing in a location nearby. Hollander declined to comment on the project but said he wanted to make sure those in his district, which begins just across Lexington Road from the One Park location, had a chance to view the final changes and sound off.
Bardenwerper said there will be seating for about 250 at the meeting, at the former Highland Automotive, at 2036 Midland Ave., but most of the meetings so far have drawn about 100 people.
He declined to discuss specifics in the revised plan for One Park, saying, “We want people to come into the meeting open-minded.” He added the changes made to the development in response to comments heard since previous meetings are “meaningful” and “significant enough to show we listened.”
While some have balked at the development’s elevation and other features – which Jefferson Development has changed in response – Bardenwerper said public opinions tend to be split. Some have complained about traffic flow, while others applaud the use of an undeveloped spot that for several years has been little more than an empty lot with a couple of unused buildings.
Since there are no immediate residential neighbors due to the lot’s location between Cherokee Park, Cave Hill Cemetery and Beargrass Creek, not to mention its proximity to I-64, Cogan found it to be the perfect spot for such a modern development.
“Kevin wanted to do something big and different,” Bardenwerper said, which is a big reason the developers have held 11 public hearings – the development is unlike any other Louisville has seen. A presentation submitted to the city late last year says One Park’s “stunning” design will “receive international acclaim for its architecture, combination of interactive uses and prominent location next to a major urban park at the gateway to Louisville’s downtown.”
Tuesday’s presentation will begin at 7 p.m.
“I’m looking forward to it, Bardenwerper said. “It will be fun to present it and interesting to hear what people have to say.”