Documents reveal specifics on Kevin Cogan’s giant East End project

June 24, 2016

This article was written by Marty Finley and originally appeared in Louisville Business First.

Louisville developer Kevin Cogan has had a quite a week.

Cogan’s firm, Jefferson Development Group, filed a revised development plan this week that outlines details of a 107-acre site he has under contract to buy at 13508 Factory Lane, off Old Henry Road in Louisville’s East End.The plan divides the property into 10 lots.

Jefferson Development Group also led a series of design meetings this week to unveil renderings for a proposed mixed-use development at Lexington Road and Grinstead Drive that would have a high-rise hotel with about 250 rooms, more than 700 apartments, and retail and office space.

The revised plans for the Factory Lane project show close to 1,800 apartments in multiple buildings on half a dozen lots. The development also would include a four-story, 160,000-square-foot office building, a two-story 112,000-square-foot health club, a “retail and vehicle sales facility” and a 232,000-square-foot senior-living facility with 203 units.

A drawing included with the plan show what appear to be sport courts alongside putting greens, multiple swimming pools and a dog park as part of the amenity package. The apartment units would be a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans. Some of the apartment properties likely would have space for other commercial uses, according to the plans.

Jefferson Development Group first filed plans for the development in March. The property, currently owned by St. Joseph Catholic Orphanage Society, is near the Claiborne Crossing apartment complex, which Cogan developed, as well as the 500-unit Paddock at Eastpoint. Cogan told me in April that he hoped to close on the vacant land by the end of 2016 or early 2017.

Cogan has said he envisions a “village” concept similar to Norton Commons in eastern Jefferson County near Prospect. That development has hundreds of homes and dozens of businesses.

Cogan has estimated the development will cost as much as $200 million and take about five years to complete.

Previously, Cogan said road infrastructure improvements will be needed before the project can fully come to fruition. Specifically, he wants to add as much as 4,000 feet of new roadway, including an extension of Bush Farm Road, to provide a new access point between Factory Lane, Old Henry Road and the Gene Snyder Freeway.