Residents near Big 4 question possible new building height restrictions

Residents near Big 4 question proposed ordinance that would more than double building height restrictions
Mayor Mike Moore said a recent report predicts the city will need nearly 4700 more housing units in the next five years to keep up with growth from River Ridge and East End Bridge and 15% should be built downtown. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Mayor Mike Moore said a recent report predicts the city will need nearly 4700 more housing units in the next five years to keep up with growth from River Ridge and East End Bridge and 15% should be built downtown. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Residents are weighing in as the Jeffersonville City Council considers what would be a major change to downtown growth.

It all has to do with how high new buildings can be. The proposed zoning change would allow for 100-foot multi-unit buildings, about ten stories. The current ordinance says the height can not exceed 40 feet.

A new American flag now flies at Big Four Station, 70 feet up. Rose Hill resident Kate Miller loves the addition to the neighborhood, but the height reminds her just how tall some new developments can be if a zoning change is passed.

"This ordinance basically in our minds gives the city a blank check and says developers, Jeffersonville is for sale," Miller said.

Mayor Mike Moore said a recent report predicts the city will need nearly 4700 more housing units in the next five years to keep up with growth from River Ridge and East End Bridge and 15% should be built downtown.

That's why he believes a high rise apartment complex would be an ideal development at Colston Park.

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"Let's generate some new tax revenue," Moore said. "This is how a city grows, this is how a city prospers."

Miller said neighbors are not against residential and commercial development and she's been pleased to watch progress on a new hotel.

"That Marriott will be three stories, the facades will be brick and things that mimic Jeffersonville," Miller said.

Councilman Josh Rodriquez says he plans to vote against the proposal and thinks there should be more time to discuss.

"I'm not opposed to some density down here, again responsible development is what we are looking at," Rodriquez said. "We want communication to the people that put you in office, I don't think that's too much to ask."

Moore said he understands change can be tough.

"Jeffersonville has grown so much in the last few years, I hope people can believe me when I say I'm looking out for the best interest of the city," Moore said.

A vote could come during the Monday council meeting.

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