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June 13, 2013

Low bid for Big Four Station comes in on target

Woman upset over street name change

JEFFERSONVILLE — Bids for the construction of Big Four Station came in on target Wednesday morning.

Four bids were opened at the Jeffersonville Board of Public Works to develop a park at the foot of the Big Four pedestrian and bicycle bridge ramp.

The plans call for a two-block park with restrooms, a multipurpose shelter, a water feature and a playground to be constructed between Pearl and Mulberry streets from Market and Maple streets.

Louisville-based Wycliffe Enterprises Inc. was the low-bidder of the four proposals opened Wednesday. The base bid totaled $4.2 million with an alternate bid for a fiber-optic enclosure that totaled $35,000.

No contract was awarded Wednesday and the board agreed to take the proposals under advisement.

Plans developed by The Estopinal Group estimated the cost to complete the park at $4.2 million.

Jeffersonville Redevelopment Director Rob Waiz said the plans for the construction in the park are likely to be divided up in two phases, with the first phase reconstructing the north end, or Maple Street side of the park. Once the Big Four Bridge ramp — which has been pushed back to a November completion date — is completed, work is expected to start on the south end of the park.

IRE IN THE STREETS

Anita Parker, a resident of the recently renamed Amanda Cole Avenue, formerly Virginia Avenue, said she was unaware of the name change and her signature on the petition seeking to rename the road was falsified.

“My name is there, but that is not the survey I signed,” she said.

Parker, who said she has lived on the street for 40 years, said she signed something related to gas prices more than two years ago, but never agreed to change the name of Virginia Avenue to Amanda Cole Avenue.

She added that many of the residents of the street, and the names appearing on the petition, are renters and no longer live there, or are residents who have lived there only a short time.

“I feel like if historical homes can be saved, my street name can be saved,” Parker said.

Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore said part of the reason for approving the name change was that there were two Virginia Avenues in Jeffersonville. He also suggested a meeting with the street’s residents to work out the issues related to the name change.

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