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Big plans in the works for Clarksville riverfront development

The Colgate Center in Clarksville. (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News) The Colgate Center in Clarksville. (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News)
Bryan Fraley (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News) Bryan Fraley (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News)
Nick Lawrence  (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News) Nick Lawrence (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News)
The famous clock at the Colgate Center  (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News) The famous clock at the Colgate Center (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News)
An opening in the Clarksville floodwall leading to the Colgate clock.  (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News) An opening in the Clarksville floodwall leading to the Colgate clock. (Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News)

CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) - The opportunities are endless for some prime real estate on the Indiana side of the Second Street Bridge.

Lately, there has been a lot of development in neighboring Jeffersonville and New Albany. Now, it's Clarksville turn.

It's hard to dispute why people say the best view of the Louisville skyline is in Clarksville.

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"We're that postcard shot of downtown Louisville," said Nick Lawrence, the Clarksville Redevelopment Director.

It's just one of the many reasons Bryan Fraley purchased his property 10 years ago. Fraley, the owner of Widow's Walk Ice Creamery and Bicycle Rentals, says business has only gotten better, but he wouldn't mind seeing some new development close by.

"Would like to see development at the Colgate center, new shops, hotels, conference center or more restaurants along the riverfront," Fraley said.

Lawrence says while that's not going to happen all at once, plans are in the works for the riverfront area.

"The greenway is doing a refresh right now of their concept plan and the bridges project is nearing completion," Lawrence said. "The timing just seems right for us to prepare for what could come."

Lawrence said the owner of the old Colgate factory hopes to at least open condos in the next year. He thinks commercial development will follow. Much like what we've seen happening in cities to the east and west, despite a much different landscape.

"Clarksville's riverfront area was primarily an industrial area and it was dirty industry, so the infrastructure that's there right now was to support those industries, not necessarily a traditional downtown effort," Lawrence said.

That's why one of the first projects is creating a new intersection connecting Court Avenue to Woerner Avenue by knocking down some buildings to make room for a new road with sidewalks, lights, and landscape.

Lawrence sees this as a new gateway into town right off of the Second Street Bridge.

"I see ours a little more of blank canvass and even though there are structures there right now, I think we have an opportunity to create something very unique," Lawrence said.

The town just wrapped up a public workshop, but it plans to have another one in the fall, so the community can get an update on what all is in the works.

To take a closer look at the redevelopment plan, click here

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