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Clark County

February 8, 2013

Vintage fire museum to close doors

Collection likely headed to Jeffersonville

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NEW ALBANY —

“If the museum is located in another county, as appears likely, we will always have our deep roots here in Floyd County,” he said. 

An exact date as to when the museum will close in New Albany hasn’t been determined. The New Albany Vintage Fire Museum and Education Center will remain open for tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays in the meantime, Peters said. 

Reservations for special events at the museum are also still being accepted, he continued. 

“Obviously we can’t close down until we have another place to open up immediately,” he said. 

 

Disagreement over zoning

If it is relocated in Jeffersonville, the fire museum could be incorporated into what Mayor Mike Moore’s administration has pegged as an artists’ incubator and cultural district in the city’s downtown. 

Along with putting a new tenant in the Bales building, Jeffersonville Redevelopment Director Rob Waiz has proposed a concept that would allow the former Gray & Wells Collision Center off Michigan Avenue to be used as an artists’ incubator. 

However, Zastawny said Thursday the administration has not sought zoning changes for the properties, which he believes would be required in order to form the cultural district. 

“There’s a controversy in these leases because the mayor hasn’t followed the statutory requirement to go to planning and zoning and to go to the city council to approve a change in plans for the use of that property,” Zastawny said. 

A message left for Moore seeking comment Thursday hadn’t been returned as of press time. 

Zastawny said he wouldn’t support any project for the properties in question until the council and the Jeffersonville Plan Commission have reviewed and voted on zoning changes for the areas. 

“There’s steps to take before valid leases can be signed in that area,” he said. 

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