LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Will a deal finally be struck to give Kentucky Kingdom new life?
That's the question as the deadline has come and gone for developers to submit proposals to revive and re-open the abandoned amusement park.
As of 4 p.m. Friday, the future of Kentucky Kingdom moved into the hands of the State. The Fair Board has no say in choosing who the state will decide to negotiate with.
Supporters said, they're hopeful there's renewed interest for developers to submit their bids to revive the park, which has been a ghost town since 2009.
Louisville businessman and former Kentucky Kingdom operator Ed Hart has said he would submit a proposal by the deadline Friday afternoon, even though earlier talks between Hart and the state fair board broke down.
The operators of Holiday World were also set to strike a deal for Kentucky Kingdom but, then they opted out.
Pamela Trautner with the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet told us, the state will not make public who submitted the proposals.
Next week, more than likely Monday, an evaluation committee made up of state leaders from multiple agencies will begin it's work.
Trautner explained, "They will look to make sure the proposals are responsive to what was in the RFP and they will select a winner to go forward from there and then the Kentucky Finance Cabinet will enter into negotiations."
Trautner says if the state wants to enter negotiations with more than one qualified operator it will.
The state will also make a final determination and award a contract on behalf of the fair board.
Jacob Zimmer with the group savemypark.com tells WAVE 3 News, he's heard only one party submitted a proposal, which was likely Hart and his business partners.
Ed Hart says he'll detail his response to the state during a press conference next week.
Sunday, May 19 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-19 22:27:30 GMT
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