News and Tribune


November 8, 2013

CHEERS AND JEERS — For Nov. 9-10


... to the plans unveiled Wednesday by Jeffersonville-based API to develop The Loft at Big Four Station.

The mixed-use plan for retail and upscale residences was well-received by neighbors in the historic Rose Hill neighborhood who came to a public meeting to hear about the development.

It’s almost shocking the praise heaped upon the designs at a time when it seems the administration and city council can’t agree on much in terms of progress.

This being a private development probably helps. It’s not the taxpayer sandbox being played in this case.

And, the plans as reported in the News and Tribune sound great, which always helps with selling it to the neighbors.

What’s next door is public domain, however, as Colston Park is controlled by the Jeffersonville Parks Authority, which is made up of the same members as the city council.

Mayor Mike Moore has more mixed-use ideas for that land, which would seem to fit in with The Loft development as well as Big Four Station park and the Big Four pedestrian bridge.

However, that plan is on hold until a study is returned on a Civil War gravesite on the Colston Park property. What can and will be done with the gravesite likely will determine development.

If development is allowed to proceed, the administration and parks authority [council] need to work together to find the best developer and project for the city. It’s public land at present and what is done with it in the future should have the best interest of the city’s residents in mind.

— Editor Shea Van Hoy


... to the Cheers by Assistant Editor Chris Morris that appeared in the Nov. 2-3 News and Tribune.

We need more politicians like Ed Clere. As a matter of fact, we need more citizens like Ed Clere. As Chris stated, while most elected officials go along with their party leadership on every big issue, Ed stands on his own principles and says and does what he thinks is right. Ed uses common sense when forming and explaining his principles. What a concept. We should all learn from Ed.

I have known Ed for several years. He has always exhibited the finest qualities. First, Ed is always a gentleman, polite and courteous no matter to whom he is speaking; second, he is always fair and ready to discuss any topic, give his opinion and listen to and consider mine; third, he is always willing to volunteer his time for whatever is needed, whether it be to coach a soccer team or sell ears of corn at Harvest Homecoming; fourth, he is everywhere, whether it be at a state event in Indianapolis, a local fundraiser sponsored by philanthropic groups or at our local farmers market shopping for his family; fifth, he is an excellent role model for our youth.

The bottom line is we need more Ed Cleres in this world. So, thanks Ed, for setting the bar so high. Too bad most of us will never reach that level. I am honored to have you as a friend and will never refer to you as a politician.

— Debbie Webb, New Albany

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