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February 25, 2013

River Ridge prepping more sites

Several deals close to done

JEFFERSONVILLE — The River Ridge Development Authority has moved forward on two potential manufacturing sites for the commerce center.

The authority board last week approved resolutions that will help prepare the sites, or the area around the sites, being referred to as “Project Maverick” and “Blue Beacon.”

River Ridge Executive Director Jerry Acy said he could not comment on who may move into either site, but did say each site would be a production facility owned by the business operator.

Each site totals about 25 acres. One is located in Charlestown near the Clark County 4-H Fairgrounds and Clark County Solid Waste District headquarters.

River Ridge Planning and Development Manager Tom Vittitow presented a request to allow for site clearing on the “Blue Beacon” project. The contract approved totaled a not-to-exceed amount of $160,000 to clear the trees on the parcel.

It is anticipated the contract will be bid Tuesday, in order to meet a Indiana Department of Natural Resources deadline that requires tree clearing to be complete by April 1.

The state’s DNR agency prohibits tree clearing during the area’s warmer months because the work could interfere with gray bat habitats.

Despite moving forward on the site, Acy said an official deal on the parcel is not imminent.

“That’s a confidential project we’ve been working on for some time,” Acy said. “We’re still early on in the negotiations.”

Once completed, the site will be a marketable site in Charlestown that is also served by rail.

A second potential land deal discussed was “Project Maverick,” a 25-acre parcel of land located behind the Amazon.com, Inc. fulfillment center.

Acy said River Ridge is in the final stages of negotiating the sale of the site, which would also become a production facility owned and operated by the potential purchaser. He added the building would be constructed off of Trey Street and would eventually total 400,000 square feet to be built in phases.

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