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November 11, 2012

Big Four project tied to past, but looks to future

Newest plans unveiled at public hearing for Big Four Station

JEFFERSONVILLE — Revised plans for the Big Four Station were presented to Jeffersonville residents at a public hearing held Saturday.

The design for the park, which will sit at the foot of the Big Four pedestrian and bicycle bridge, was modified from the plans that had originally been presented in July by the Estopinal Group.

Before the meeting got under way, opposition to the revised plans and claims that public input was not taken prompted a passionate response from an audience member.

Jeffersonville resident Carolyn Campbell argued with other area residents in attendance about the plan to create a two-block park at the foot of the Big Four Bridge and left before the presentation began.

“I came here because I love Jeffersonville, and it never occurred to me they would want to get rid of it as fast as they can, but that’s what they’re doing,” she said.

Campbell claimed she attended the previous public hearing, held in July, but that the representatives taking comments would not take her statement.

“I told the mayor it looked like a rest stop along the interstate,” she said, adding the comment was not recorded. “So, of course they can get a lot of people that think it’s OK, nobody’s hearing the other side.”

Wayne Estopinal, president of the Estopinal Group, took umbrage to Campbell’s comments and said “we’ve documented well over 200 comments. We have heard you.”

He added that those comments helped change what was originally designed.

About 40 members of the public were present to see the plans revealed and the Estopinal Group again recorded their comments.

Phyliss Croce, a Riverside Drive resident, was pleased with the plans the city had put together.

“I think it makes the connection to downtown stronger,” she said. “It’s always a shame to lose housing stock, but what we’re gaining is [an improvement] tenfold.”

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