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February 13, 2013

State of the city: Building on Jeffersonville's growth



A number of additional projects Moore will be looking to accomplish will also require some level of city council approval.

Among those plans are a request to the council to make Veterans Parkway an economic development target area, approvals on bond amendments to property purchased by the city to allow for the development of an arts and cultural district, and to transfer a deed to allow the development of Colston Park.

“I’m asking the city council to transfer the deed of Colston Park to the Redevelopment Commission so that we can get some private development going there,” Moore said.

He explained that with the completion of the Big Four Bridge, Big Four Station project and Chestnut Street projects, Colston Park would be a attractive location for development opportunities.

However, to date the city council has not agreed to relinquish the deed and there are several issues that could impeded the property, one being that a portion of a Civil War-era cemetery is within the park’s boundary.

Moore said he does not believe that the cemetery would interfere with the potential development, but that the city won’t know for sure until a phase two and a phase three study are done on the property.

The redevelopment commission will need the deed in order to commission the studies.

“There’s been some talk the council wants to save that because they want to put a canal in there in four years,” Moore said. “If I can get a private investor to spend some money I’m going to go that route. This is valuable land here. We can’t do anything until the city council recognizes what we have there.”

At the city council’s February meeting several members offered their concern over another project that requires their approval. The administration’s plan to turn former properties along Spring Street into an arts and cultural district was questioned about why it had not been offered up to private developers and concern over 50-year $1 leases being discussed for the sites.

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