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Louisville Metro Plans Study Of Government Facility Needs

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Louisville Metro Government announced that it plans to hire a consultant through a competitive Request For Proposal process to review the city’s current and future facility needs, including the future use of LMPD headquarters, the Fiscal Court Building, and potential new construction through a public-private partnership on the parking lot south of Market Street between Sixth and Seventh streets.

The scope of the study will include the possibility of new construction, renovation, sale or facility purchase, as well as financing options.

The Metro Council approved $100,000 for the study in the 2017-18 fiscal year budget.  Louisville Metro Government leaders will appear before the Council Budget Committee to update the committee and solicit feedback on development of the RFP.

The study will include:

  • An evaluation of Metro Government’s current and future facility needs, including office space for countywide elected officials and including, but not limited to, the needs of the criminal justice system.
  • Consideration of a potential public-private partnership to construct a new office or mixed-use building on the lot behind City Hall on Market Street between Sixth and Seventh Streets, including the current LMPD headquarters at Seventh and Jefferson streets.
  • An assessment of the potential for new, modern LMPD headquarters;
  • An assessment of the Fiscal Court building, located on Sixth Street behind Metro Hall.
  • An evaluation of private market demands for new office or mixed-use construction and recommendations for potential financial structures for a public-private partnership

The RFP will be released no later than January 2018, with plans to select a consultant and receive preliminary findings by mid-year.

The administration is aware of the potential negative impact of pension reform on the city budget, but the need to plan for space needs is ongoing, as is seeking revenue enhancing measures such as public-private partnerships.

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