Drawing of the proposed Jeffersonville Holiday Inn site (Source: White Reach Development)
Mayor Mike Moore (Source: Todd Hoyer, WAVE 3 News)
JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Green space near Interstate 65 has the potential to generate green but a battle between Jeffersonville city leaders has the mayor rethinking plans for a new hotel and restaurants at Exit 1.
The Jeffersonville City Council voted against a rezoning ordinance for a $25 million development which would include a Holiday Inn Hotel. Mayor Mike Moore and developers are going back to the drawing board after the city council voted against plans to rezone part of the property at the corner of 10th and Spring streets.
"Unfortunately, I'm just going to have to take this out of the city council's hands, realign the product and go to Plan B," Moore said.
White Reach Development proposed plans to purchase the vacant lot and build an 11-story Holiday Inn Hotel, McDonald's, Zaxby's and Cracker Barrel.
"We can still put a hotel on this piece of property," Moore said. "I'm working with the developers and architects to find a solution."
Some of the council members who opposed plans said fast food restaurants won't encourage visitors to stay. Others worried about traffic congestion at 10th and Spring: a five point intersection.
"We are going to mitigate any potential problems," said Moore. "INDOT (The Indiana Department of Transportation) has done their study. We've had other experts do their studies. Everyone is good with the traffic flow."
It's a development that may divert traffic to a neighboring city competing for I-65 business.
"I am competing with Clarksville right now for this Holiday Inn," Moore said.
Clarksville is not actively negotiating with the developer but according to Clarksville Redevelopment Director Nick Lawrence that could change.
"We're always in competition for businesses and customers since we're right along I-65," said Lawrence. "We'd love to talk about new development but right now we are not in conversation with White Reach Development."
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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