The five homes being auctioned are located at 411 E. Maple St., 626 E. Seventh St., 310 Mechanic St., 309 Pearl St. and 411 W. Market St.
Jeffersonville Main Street and the Indiana Landmarks Southern Regional Office have begun the process of relocating four more homes within the historic district.
Greg Sekula, director of the Indiana Landmarks Southern Regional Office, said preparations started recently to be able to move the homes. Steel was being placed under the houses in preparation to lift the foundations.
“Over the next two weeks or so, all of the houses will be prepped and ready for the move,” he said.
Three of the homes identified are in the 200 block of West Market Street and another home is on the 200 block of Pearl Street, directly adjacent to the foot of the ramp for the Big Four Bridge. Money to move the homes will total about $500,000 earmarked for preservation projects in Indiana as part of a settlement agreement reached between the National Trust for Historic Preservation, conservancy group River Fields Inc., the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Indiana Department of Transportation that dedicated $1.7 million to a historic preservation and enhancement fund.
The moving date may depend on when Duke Energy relocates power lines near Big Four Station. Sekula said the city is working with Duke Energy to relocate some of the overhead power lines underground near the two-block park being constructed.
“That is critical for us because it affects, one, our cost; two, the route we were going to use to move the houses,” Sekula said.
The homes are being moved from Market and Pearl streets to a vacant parking lot at the corner of Pearl and Maple streets. The plan is to place the four homes in the former parking lot, facing Pearl Street.
“It’s taking a blighted parking lot and turning it into a functioning part of the neighborhood,” said Jay Ellis, executive director of Jeffersonville Main Street. “I think it’s going to be a real asset to Rose Hill and downtown.”