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January 30, 2013

Redevelopment Commission meets to hear upcoming plans for Jeffersonville

JEFFERSONVILLE — Calls to have a list of ongoing and potential projects presented to Jeffersonville’s Redevelopment Commission came to fruition Tuesday.

A list of 17 projects, some of which are under way, was presented to the commission by Redevelopment Director Rob Waiz.

“The objective of the workshop today is to create a long-term strategic [plan] that will promote economic development opportunities by maximizing existing redevelopment resources with a focus on quality of life projects,” he said.

The presentation outlined the potential costs of many of the projects, and proposed dates of commencement and completion. However, no action was requested at the meeting as Waiz said it was merely a presentation to start a dialogue about the projects.

Several previously mentioned projects were again brought before the commission, including the city’s plan to reconstruct a marina along the riverfront between Spring Street and Jeffboat. In addition, the nearby Big Four Station project was presented, but separately listed projects such as the floodwall opening, Chestnut Street reconstruction and the relocation of historic homes.

Two other projects presented during the meeting were cited by commission members as being plans that should be pursued by another city agency. The projects included Allison Brook Park and the Preserve.

But several plans stood out as the focus points for the redevelopment commission during the next few years.

 

10th Street

The first project that was presented as one of the priority plans for Jeffersonville has been in the works for several years.

A plan to widen 10th Street in Jeffersonville from Penn Street and Reeds Lane and add a center turning lane is still in the planning stage, with construction set to begin in 2015. And before work begins on the project, some changes may already be necessary. 

Mayor Mike Moore said the plan to bury power lines along the corridor may be scrapped due to the cost. He said the price tag for right-of-way acquisition and the amount of land that would be needed to bury the power lines makes the proposal less and less likely.

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