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Clark County

January 24, 2013

Jeffersonville redevelopment commission approves Clark County Museum lease

Downtown arts and history center not dead yet




Impact of the museum move

The relocation of the museum from the site formerly proposed in the old Jeffersonville High School cafeteria along Court Avenue played a part in the end of the project known as the Pilot House. The Pilot House was designed to be an art and museum center, but stalled out when the organizers of the Pilot House did not meet the redevelopment commission’s requirements to establish the site.

Jeffersonville’s Redevelopment Commission agreed to purchase the building — near the corner of Court and Meigs avenues — for $45,000, to be paid in three installments from the Greater Clark County School Corp.

Redevelopment Commission Attorney Les Merkley explained that the second payment for the building is due before the end of the month. If the commission decided to pay the second installment of $15,000, it would forfeit its previous payment if the agreement was rescinded. 

“I think it’s a great project,” Snelling said of the Pilot House plan. “But we’re all beating around the bush, the Pilot House is dead.”

The redevelopment commission agreed to terminate the agreement with Greater Clark 4-0.While Snelling said the Pilot House project will not move forward, the possibility of an arts and history center in downtown Jeffersonville is not dead.

He offered the idea of allowing an arts center to move into the former Gray & Wells Collision Center, which has relocated to 10th Street. In addition, Snelling said the former Bales Used Auto lot off Spring Street has also been brought up in discussions to have a tenant move in that would fit with the theme of the area. Redevelopment officials would not name who the potential tenant is because the deal has not been finalized.

“What I would like to see down there is an arts, cultural and history center in downtown Jeff,” he said.

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