To help encourage development at sites in River Ridge Commerce Center, officials have been seeking money to improve its infrastructure.
On Thursday, a request was made of Jeffersonville’s Sewer Board to help pay for a matching grant secured through the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration for improvements to sanitary sewer lines. No action was taken at the meeting and sewer board members questioned the size of the sewer line that was requested and what would be needed to allow it to function.
River Ridge, which approved the public works grant at a previous board meeting, will receive $1.8 million in grant funds to complete several infrastructure improvements, largely around the current development area along Ind. 62 between Salem-Noble Road and Stacey Road. The grant requires 50 percent matching funds from River Ridge and the estimated cost for the improvements total more than $3.6 million.
The request made to the sewer board Thursday was to match $769,000 within the grant. River Ridge would pay half of the 50 percent matching funds and asked the sewer board to cover the other half at $192,250. River Ridge Project Manager and Engineer Marc Hildenbrand said the funding would help fund a new 24-inch sewer main.
“When we come to the development of the full 3,700 or so acres that are within the city of Jeffersonville, we’re going to need a lot more capacity than the [existing] 12-inch line,” he said. “This 24-inch will hold a little more than 6 million gallons a day.”
Hildenbrand continued that the replacement sewer main was included in the masterplan River Ridge completed in 2010. The project discussed Thursday would replace the first portion of the main sewer collector line, which heads toward the Amazon.com Inc. distribution center and the areas that are currently the most developable in the former Indiana Army Ammunition Plant.