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October 14, 2012

Pilot House drifting listlessly

Project to convert old Jeffersonville High School cafeteria into arts site on-hold

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JEFFERSONVILLE — Uncertain future

Christensen said she was confused by the redevelopment commission’s approval to issue a request-for-proposal to have the Clark County Museum move into the Michigan Avenue location.

“Someone needs to use the building,” Christensen said of the Pilot House. “We were ready to go. We were told that we would all work together for something for the Franklin Commons Neighborhood Association in downtown Jeffersonville. In the meantime, that building needs a roof and it is owned by the redevelopment commission.”

Even without the Clark County Museum as a part of the Pilot House project, organizers said they would like to move forward.

“I believe in my heart the arts component of this would fill the building,” Christensen said. “I still believe there is undoubtedly enough support for this from the community. We just need the green flag to move forward with this and I believe we will raise the money.”

But the Pilot House is still waiting on a go-ahead from the city so it can begin seeking donations.

“Originally, it was something that we were going to fundraise for,” Struck said. “The city wasn’t going to pay for the whole thing. I think there’s enough support for it locally, and I think people are really excited about it still and would love to see it happen. I just don’t know how it could at this point. I’m still very passionate about what that building can be.”  

Waiz agreed that having passed the timeline, and not yet having a business plan in place does not mean the deal has been negated.

“If they get something viable put in front of us, we’ll move forward,” he said.

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