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April 20, 2013

The fight to fund 10th Street in Jeffersonville

Council and mayor clash over TIF money



Development of an additional piece of property that is owned by the Parks Authority was also questioned at Wednesday’s meeting.

Moore asked the council if it had a plan for the development of Playsquare Park, also known as Colston Park, and if it would be willing to deed the land to the redevelopment commission. The Jeffersonville Parks Authority is the entity that holds the deed to Colston Park, and the parks authority board is made up of the nine city council members.

“We though Playsquare park was going to be [included] in the [request for proposals],” Julius said. “It’s not going to get deeded over, I don’t think,” he added.

Julius explained that the parks authority would deed the land to the redevelopment commission if there was a project that was presented to transform the property in the request-for-proposal.

Moore asked the council to issue a separate RFP for the property and asked if the reason why it was not included in the RFP was because the council wanted to have control over what went into the property.

Parks Authority and council attorney Scott Lewis said if anything did go into the site it would be subject to council approval anyway.

Originally, that whole area was slated to be part of a downtown canal project trumpeted by former Mayor Tom Galligan, and per statutory requirement an amendment to the TIF would need to be approved by the council in order to develop the area, Lewis explained. It would be the same process that was completed to include the new Jeffersonville Police Station on 10th Street in the TIF plan.

“Right now, with that property missing from the RFP, the RFP is kind of a moot deal,” Lake said. “It’s eliminating the most key piece of property for the RFP. I though we voted to include that property. I really don’t know why it’s not in there.”

Jorge Lanz, owner of engineering company Jacobi, Toombs and Lanz, Inc. said the city could send out an addendum and extend the RFP deadline, to which Lake agreed.

No official action was taken at Wednesday’s meeting because it was a workshop.

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