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January 24, 2013

New Albany parks plans progressing

Camille Wright site considered for pool, Hoosier Panel property for Little League fields

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“Camille Wright is a much better choice for a pool than it is a fire house,” he said. 

As for the Little League site, Coffey said the city is considering purchasing the former Hoosier Panel property as a spot to build the complex. Located at 2045 Silver St., the property is owned by New Albany businessman Jeff Eastridge. 

The city attempted to purchase the property in the past when Eastridge was seeking to move his tire recycling business off Ind. 111. Denied previously, Eastridge is again requesting an OK from the New Albany Board of Zoning Appeals to move the business off Ind. 111. 

Duggins said another site off Charlestown Road near the city limits is also being considered for the Little League park. The current facility is located off Mount Tabor Road, and Little League officials have sought to open a new complex for several years. 

Like the city, the New Albany Little League organization submitted a grant request for a baseball park to the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County late last year. 

Gahan said members of his administration have been in contact with Little League officials about the city’s plan. Messages left for New Albany Little League President Mark Boone seeking comment over the past week hadn’t been returned as of press time Wednesday. 

 

Next steps

Including the projects into the TIF funding plan doesn’t mean they will definitely come to fruition. 

The council has to vote on the amended plan, then the redevelopment commission must take a second vote to ratify change. It will also take three ballots from the council to approve bond issues for paving and the recreational facilities. 

Gahan said the administration will continue to seek other sources of funding for the projects, including a Horseshoe Foundation grant. 

Also included in the amended plan was a possible expansion of the downtown Farmers Market. Duggins said the expansion would likely only be funded if there’s remaining money from the TIF bond.

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