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February 14, 2013

$5 million sports complex presented to Jeffersonville neighbors

Woehrle Youth Athletic Complex projected open date: Aug. 1, 2014

JEFFERSONVILLE — Before a plan was presented to the rest of the city’s residents, the Jeffersonville Parks Authority hosted a public hearing for the neighbors of a planned expansion of the Clark County Soccer Association complex.

The parks authority has been working on a plan to construct a $5 million multisport complex at 4200 Charlestown Pike — watch a video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ERHX6dYOCA . Design plans presented by architecture firm Kovert Hawkins includes six full-size soccer fields — two of which are interchangeable as football fields  (one is an artificial-turf field with bleachers and lights) — and an indoor, multi-sport complex.

The parks authority invited members of the Creekstone Ridge and Nicole Station subdivisions to take a first look at the proposed plan.

“We wanted to have the first meeting with you,” said James Lake, architect with Kovert Hawkins. “It affects you the most.”

Councilman and Parks Authority Board Member Ed Zastawny added that the type of meeting held Monday never occurred when the city moved forward on Vissing Park, which created some resistance and controversy among the park’s neighbors.

And the concerns that the neighbors of the proposed sports complex had were immediately apparent.

“I’m very nervous about the traffic,” said Veronica Wernert, a Creekstone Ridge resident.

Wernert was not alone. When the crowd of about 30 residents was asked if they were concerned about traffic, the vast majority raised their hands.

 

ROAD IMPROVEMENTS

Lake addressed the concerns by saying that phase one of the proposed project would make road improvements to the plan and the parking lot.

The road improvements planned include adding 100-foot turn lanes on Charlestown Pike in both directions into the complex and adding a left turn lane off of Charlestown Pike into Creekstone Ridge.

On the complex property, a 352-space parking lot is planned with a secondary exit-only lane heading out of the complex. 

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