Corporation Attorney Les Merkley initially expressed his concern about parking that will be taken away while the Chestnut Street reconstruction is ongoing, but after seeing the plans said he does not believe the change of one parking spot will affect parking.
Brian Glover, city councilman and board member, asked what would happen if the other local cafes, restaurants and bars along this street ask for the same opportunity.
“I think that’s exactly what we want,” Mayor Mike Moore said.
“The whole idea is to do this on a temporary basis to see how the public reacts to it,” he added.
But the impetus for adding the outdoor seating is to prepare for the opening of the Big Four Bridge and the increase in bicycle and pedestrian traffic expected to cross the Ohio River into Jeffersonville.
Corbin said a counter was recently installed on the Kentucky side of the Big Four Bridge and during a nine-day span, 45,000 pedestrians and 4,500 bicyclists were counted using the bridge. Corbin admitted that the counters have not been installed long enough to refine the average amount of users, but it does provide some insight on how many people may cross from Louisville into Jeffersonville.
“That’s really one of the target markets we’re going for and ... we need more seats for them to sit down and eat, and come over and do stuff,” Corbin said.
CITY PRIDE CYCLING IN ITS PLAN
Eight colorful, but nonfunctional, bicycles soon will be appearing at intersections throughout the city.
A project being undertaken by City Pride to install eight bicycles — to be painted a bright color and with a planter basket installed on the front with flowers — received board approval. They will be located all across the city and will be bolted to the ground, said Peggy Duffy, co-chair of City Pride.