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March 18, 2013

Jeffersonville closer to going forward on Falls Landing Park

Jeffersonville Redevelopment Commission commits up to $698,000



“I believe we can come together and look at this before another vote on it and get everyone to come to agreement,” Snelling said. “I am hoping we can do more compromising in the future.”



The redevelopment commissioners unanimously approved a motion to start the process of accepting offers from developers for 38 properties in the commission’s purview in downtown Jeffersonville.

The commissioners went back and forth for a significant portion of the meeting to decide what would be the appropriate time to provide prospective developers to respond to the request for proposals.

They eventually agreed to give developers a 60-day window to enter proposals after the RFP is advertised.

Lake said a potential developer can submit a proposal on all of the 38 of the properties, or, hypothetically, developers could offer separate proposals on each of the parcels. 

“The way it is written, they can submit on a single piece of property, any combination of groups of properties, or all of the properties,” Lake said.

He said he would prefer a single proposal that offers a holistic approach to the available lots. 

During the meeting representatives from McDonald's restaurant made a presentation to the commissioners.

The restaurant’s representatives said the Ohio River Bridges project work is forcing them to relocate, and they are seeking a site at 10th and Spring streets.

The presentation included three large illustrations of how the fast-food eatery could put its footprint at the intersection.

The property which McDonald's is vying for is also part of the RFP district.

Jeffersonville Redevelopment Commission attorney Les Merkley said McDonalds’ presentation was futile, as the RFP has already been issued, and the business will have to offer a proposal for the commission to take its offer under official review.



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