LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The old KFC Eleven property in the Highlands may not sit empty for long.
Several developers and business owners have also expressed interest in the property at 1004 Bardstown Road near Baxter Avenue, including one proposal that would get rid of the building all together
"I know it sounds silly to take down a building that is already a perfectly good structure and everything in it is new," said Tyler Trotter, co-owner of Holy Grale and Gralehaus, which back up to the now empty property.
He's launching a last ditch effort to buy the location and turn it into a green space like it was more than 200 years ago.
"Just something more beautiful for the neighborhood and something everybody can enjoy of all ages. Not exactly just somebody that wants a fast food sandwich," said Trotter.
With a price tag of $1.5 million, Trotter and his business partner can't afford the property on their own. So they're turning to the public for help.
Tuesday, just 24 hours before Yum Brands would be presented with bids for the empty building, Holy Grale launched a go-fund-me page to raise money to buy the property.
"It's definitely something worth presenting to Yum Brands and for them to think about. Even if it's just going to be Colonel Sanders Memorial Park," said Trotter.
In a matter of hours, they raised more than $10,000 and gained lots of support.
"We constantly have festivals and fairs and people walking around, so turning that into green space would also be amazing," said Jaclyn Jones, who lives in the Highlands.
Trotter says they're more interested in gathering emails of support they can forward on to Yum Brands in hopes of convincing the company to give their idea a chance.
"This point could be something really unique to the highlands and the area if it was done correctly," said Trotter.
If their campaign fails, Trotter says all donations will be returned.
While our calls to Yum Brands weren't returned, Trotter says he was told at least ten businesses are interested in the property.
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