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July 12, 2013

Pathway to progress: Constructing a gateway to Jeffersonville’s historic downtown on Chestnut Street



A business previously reported in the News and Tribune, The Olive Leaf Bistro, is still in discussions with the city to locate in the former Brad Sprigler Designs Building at 130 Riverside Dr. Another new restaurant, being called Big Four Burgers, is expected to locate at 134 Spring Street, formerly Third Base Tavern. The Jeffersonville Historic Preservation Commission approved a rehabilitation plan for the burger restaurant at its meeting Monday.

Ellis added there is also a bike rental company that is seriously considering locating at the foot of the bridge.

“It means a lot and we’re putting our money where we’ve had 200 years of investment,” he said of the business interest and increased attention downtown. “This is the heart of the community.”

Additional work around the landing includes the construction of the Big Four Landing park.

Corporation Attorney Les Merkley said a meeting will be held Monday, July 15, to open the bids for the city’s Big Four Landing project. The plan is to create a two-block park surrounding the foot of the Big Four Bridge that extends from Maple Street to Market Street.

Mayor Mike Moore said in a news release — he was unable to attend the groundbreaking — that the Big Four Landing and Chestnut Street are designed to encourage visitors into Jeffersonville and attract future investment.

“Revitalizing Chestnut Street is essential if we are going to maximize the presence of the Big Four Bridge,” he said in the release. “We are on the verge of great things in our downtown.”

In addition, the gateway will be a starting point for a plan to improve alternate modes of transportation throughout the city.

“For the bike/ped[estrian] plan a lot of it’s going to pick up and spread out from there,” Corbin, the city’s planning director, said of Chestnut Street.

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