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February 26, 2013

Relocation and national interest

Jeffersonville Redevelopment Commission to hold workshop Tuesday



Waiz asked the Jeffersonville Redevelopment Commission for an approval to relocate the homes along Maple Street with the expectation of which homes, and how many, would be moved to the site to be determined at a later date.

However, a conversation and resolution passed that preceded the proposal kept the redevelopment commission from moving forward on a vote.

“We have just adopted a resolution to go for national [requests for proposal] — this is right in the middle of it,” said Redevelopment Commissioner Jack Vissing. “I think this all needs to be weighed together.”



Before the relocation of the homes in Jeffersonville’s historic district were discussed, the redevelopment commission discussed what to do with the properties acquired by the city in preparation for the previously proposed canal project.

The properties were purchased under former Mayor Tom Galligan’s administration.

During Wednesday’s redevelopment meeting Mayor Mike Moore discussed what should be done with the property, leaving the door open for private developers to decide.

“We’ve got some extremely valuable property,” he said. “We’re within eyesight of crossing over the bridge into Louisville, we’ve got a vast amount of land. It’s an opportunity there. If somebody’s got the money and they want to make the investment, they want to generate some tax dollars, I’d love to put it out there and say, ‘Here’s an open canvas, what can you do with it?’ My opposition to the canal was the cost of it to the taxpayer. I’m open to anything as long as we’re looking at private dollars being spent instead of public dollars being spent.”

It was offered that the city should put out a national request for proposal on what to do with the downtown properties.

“It’s a great opportunity because the city controls so much property right now,” said Redevelopment Commissioner James Lake.

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