But if the plan moves forward Moore said Jeffersonville would be one of 90 cities in the U.S. with a dedicated arts and cultural district, a prospect he said nearby business owners are excited about.
“Most of that property down there has been sitting idle for years,” he said. “It is a low-lying area in the city that floods and that’s why we need to build Falls Landing pond.”
The retention basin planned for 9th and Spring streets was also offered as an area that could be readily marketed to a private developer to construct a hotel and restaurant.
Both the city’s administration and the city council have pointed to communication issues as being a deterrent to projects moving forward. When asked how he planned to improve the communication with all of the projects that require the city council’s approval, Moore said he is trying to reach out to them.
“I’m trying every day; if they don’t show, there’s nothing I can do,” he said. “I am continuing to work toward bringing us together. They need to stop worrying about the next election and start worrying about doing things right for Jeff.”
The city council has requested Moore attend their meetings in order to answer questions about a bond being sought for the Jeffersonville-Clarksville Flood Control District. The council has tabled approval of the bond four times asking that Moore attend.
Moore said he was not aware of the invitation until the most recent meeting and that he plans to attend the council’s Feb. 19 meeting to address answer their questions.