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October 16, 2012

New Big Four Station plan moves forward

Land purchased at Duffy’s Landing

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JEFFERSONVILLE — DUFFY’S LANDING

The redevelopment commission also entertained a request to purchase property adjacent to Duffy’s Landing to extend the parking lot, add a handicap-accessible bathroom and create a greenspace along the Ohio River.

“I think the concept is to expand Duffy’s Landing for more of a park setting [and] also to provide more access to the river,” said City Attorney Les Merkley. “If the city doesn’t acquire it, someone else could potentially acquire it.”

He added that the property owner may put the property on the open market if the city does not wish to purchase it.

Moore requested two appraisals on the property in question, the average of which totaled $475,000. However, the property owner told the city he was willing to sell the land for $300,000.

Moore added that the landing will take on added significance with plans the city intends to implement that would renovate the waterfront and docks along Riverside Drive, but would also remove the boat launch near Spring Street.

“Duffy’s Landing will be the only place in Jeffersonville to launch a boat,” he said.

While the landing is not inside a Tax Increment Finance district, it is in between Jeffersonville’s Inner City Road and Falls Landing TIFs. Merkley said because it is adjacent to both TIFs, and would have an impact on the districts, money could be dedicated out of the funds to purchase the property.

The redevelopment commission approved buying the property 4-0 — with Commission Member Jack Vissing abstaining because the landowner is a relative — contingent on money out of the Inner City Roads TIF be reimbursed by half when the bonds close on the River Falls TIF, which is expected to generate more than $10 million.

HAMBURG PIKE

The redevelopment commission refused to pay additional inspection costs for the project to widen Hamburg Pike if Gohmann Asphalt and Construction Inc. goes beyond the project deadline. At the commission’s September meeting, Gohmann Asphalt made a request for the city to pay additional inspection costs for the project.

The plan to widen the road from about 22 feet to about 38 feet between Dutch Lane and Charlestown-New Albany Pike started in December 2010 with a planned completion date slated of Nov. 9, 2012.

But at September’s redevelopment commission meeting, Gohmann officials said the project had been delayed, largely due to complications in relocating utilities on the road. They asked for an extension of time, pushing the project’s estimated completion date to July 2, 2013, and the additional inspection costs that would result.

The redevelopment commission voted not to allow for any additional inspection costs to be paid and for Gohmann Asphalt to pay all penalties associated with the delay in the project. The penalty-per-day of $2,000 is set to be imposed if they go beyond the Nov. 9 completion date.

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