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March 12, 2014

Autoneum plans move forward at River Ridge in Jeffersonville

Plan commission and BZA approve building designs

JEFFERSONVILLE — Plans for a River Ridge Commerce Center project jumped two hurdles within an hour Tuesday night, bringing it closer to becoming a reality.

The Jeffersonville Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously approved building plans for the future building for Autoneum, a Switzerland-based company that manufactures Tier-1 auto parts.

Scott Moser, from Accurus Engineering, and Lee Willburn, from Crossdock Development, presented the plans, which included detailed landscaping, building and parking layouts.

The 300,000 square-foot building will be just north of the existing Catamaran building and at 100 River Ridge Parkway, which is a future road through the commerce center that will connect to the first interchange to the east-end bridge and possibly extend to the Clark Regional Airport.

“So this site is going to reside on a very prominent part of River Ridge,” Moser said.

Autoneum announced Feb. 5 its plans to build at River Ridge, bringing 220 new jobs by 2018 with an average wage of $19 per hour. The manufacturer has 46 plants around the world and 12 in North America, with the closest location in Toledo.

Moser said the building plans include two entrances into the building with one from the eastern side, external relief panels and a temporary end wall for a possible building extension up to 411,700 square feet. He also presented extensive landscaping plans with features such as knockout roses, crab apple trees, small shrubbery and spruces.

“It’ll be a very attractive feature right in front of this building here,” Moser said.

Willburn said that site work is beginning this week and putting down the building’s foundation is about three weeks away. Construction is expected to end in July.

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