DUFFY’S LANDING ILLEGAL TOO?
Issues were also raised with properties near Duffy’s Landing that were purchased outside a TIF area, but used TIF money.
“It’s come to my attention that [the redevelopment commission] purchased these properties and placed restrictions on their development,” Lewis said. “In my opinion, I believe that the redevelopment commission did not have the authority to purchase those properties.”
Merkley said the purchase by the redevelopment commission is not limited to all property within TIF districts, but provisions allow for purchases of land outside the designated area that benefit a TIF district.
The redevelopment commission agreed to buy the properties under that allowance. The properties adjacent to Duffy’s Landing lie between both the Inner City Road and the Falls Landing TIFs. The commission approved buying the properties earlier this summer, 4-0, with Commission Member Jack Vissing abstaining because a landowner is a relative.
Lewis also questioned a restriction for no development to occur on the sites.
“That is contrary to the role of the redevelopment commission,” he said.
Merkley said the redevelopment commission constructs parks as well.
The plan for the property adjacent to Duffy’s Landing is to extend the parking lot, add a handicap-accessible bathroom and create a greenspace along the Ohio River. Mayor Mike Moore said previously that the landing will take on added significance with the plan to redevelop the Jeffersonville Marina, because a boat launch near Spring Street would be removed leaving Duffy’s Landing as the only place in Jeffersonville to launch a boat.
Lewis was also directed to determine the legality of the Duffy’s Landing purchase.