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Clark County

July 5, 2013

Revamped road will create closures in Jeffersonville

Chestnut Street construction to cause traffic headaches downtown

(Continued)

JEFFERSONVILLE — NOWHERE TO GO

Another project slated to begin next week could cause some additional problems for the city.

Peter Gerstle, representing The Harbors Condominiums, asked for some assistance from the city in providing a place to park for residents of the towers along Riverside Drive, while the parking garage is being rehabilitated.

“We’re going to have 360 cars, potentially, out on the street,” Gerstle said. “We’ve got a big problem logistically dumping all these cars onto the street and under the bridge.”

The project, scheduled to begin Monday, July 8 and last through Thursday, July 25, will displace the residents’ cars while crews power wash, restripe and fix construction issues with the parking garage.

But with ongoing city projects and the Ohio River Bridges Project construction ramping up, Mayor Mike Moore urged that the project be delayed.

“I strongly recommend you all choose another time to do this,” he said. “There is going to be so much congestion down there there’s no way we’re going to be able to do anything extra to accommodate [the cars].”

Again several suggestions were offered for the residents of the condos like providing parking at the former Frank’s Steakhouse property, at other city owned lots and that the residents could use the park and ride near 10th Street until it is absorbed by the bridges project.

Public Works Director Rick Lovan agreed to review the options with Gerstle to try and reach a solution.

LONG-TERM LEASE

The board of public works unanimously approved a long-term lease for the Jeffersonville Firefighters Local 558 Union Hall at 700 E. 11th St.

The building, which is owned by the city, but has been leased to the firefighters’ union for more than 10 years, has undergone a transformation. To rebuild the space the firefighters’ union received about $70,000 through gifts and a low-interest loan from First Harrison Bank, and has invested about the same amount from the fire union, said Jeffersonville Fire Department Chief Eric Hedrick.

A street dance was held last week to benefit the Community Help Fund, with some of the proceeds going to the union, and also included an open house so the public could get a glimpse of the renovated space.

Despite the building being leased to the firefighters’ union for more than a decade, Jeffersonville Corporation Attorney Les Merkley said the current lease was out-of-date. In order to extend the lease through several administrations and protect the investment the union has made, a lease of $1 per year, for 50 years was offered.

“The lease specifically says it is to be used for a union hall and if it’s not used for a union hall then the lease is void,” Merkley said.

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