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January 30, 2013

Redevelopment Commission meets to hear upcoming plans for Jeffersonville

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JEFFERSONVILLE —

The project is slated to begin in 2013, with construction estimated to be completed in 2014.

 

Incubators and cultural district

Waiz also presented several concepts for future development in Jeffersonville.

Two plans offered would construct incubators in the city. One concept would be to construct a technology incubator, to be developed at North Port. He explained that there is no definitive cost in place, or location, as it’s just in the concept phase.

“I could just see where this would be a huge asset bringing in new start-up businesses that could really grow,” Waiz said.

Another plan that may come to fruition sooner is a plan to develop an artists’ incubator and cultural district in downtown Jeffersonville. The artists’ incubator is planned for the former Gray & Wells Collision Center off Michigan Avenue in downtown Jeffersonville. In addition to the former Gray & Wells building, a potential tenant has also been identified for the former Bales Used Car structure on Spring Street.

Along with the lease recently signed by the Clark County Museum to locate on Michigan Avenue, the potential is to turn the corridor into a cultural district.

“I think it’s a huge step forward [for] our city to have an arts and cultural center,” Lake said.

But he also questioned why there would be support for the plan near Spring Street when the concept failed near the Clark County Government Building off Court Avenue.

Waiz explained that the buildings slated for development now were on a demolition list for the city and the properties did not carry the renovation costs of the former Greater Clark County Schools buildings originally being pursued.

“I think it’s very important for us to pursue this because there’s grant dollars available to help us along with our endeavor,” Waiz said.

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