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11/29/2017 12:53:00 PM
New Jeffersonville subdivision, warehouse given thumbs up

Danielle Grady, News and Tribune

JEFFERSONVILLE — Large, or at least significant, developments abounded at the Jeffersonville Plan Commission meeting Tuesday night, ranging from yet another green space-centric subdivision to a massive warehouse in River Ridge. Most received some sort of approval from the board.

THE NEXT ELLINGSWORTH?

Off of Middle Road and bordered by the 512-lot Ellingsworth Commons, another subdivision (this one with apartment units) received preliminary plat approval at the plan commission meeting.

Wolf Run subdivision, which is set to contain 55 single-family homes and 96 apartment units in four, three-story buildings, also was sent to the Jeffersonville City Council with a favorable recommendation. (Plan commission and city council member Ed Zastawny was the only person to vote against the project).

The subdivision, planned by Dan Cristiani and David and Michael Schuler under the limited liability company DDM, is also intended to be surrounded by 12 acres of green space, which, like Ellingsworth Commons, will be offered up to the City of Jeffersonville as potential public parklands. If the city does not accept the gift, the undeveloped area will be maintained by Wolf Run’s eventual homeowners association.

A small fitness center and park also are planned for the apartments.

To assuage the issues that often arise with multifamily developments, Greg Fifer, DDM’s attorney, promised that the subdivision would be managed by Property Management of Louisville, a company that David Schuler uses for apartments he owns in New Albany. DDM also plans to promise the city council that it will not seek low-income housing tax credits to finance any portion of its apartments, which could result in subsidized rents over time.

Plan commission and council member Dustin White took slight issue with that provision, saying that it made him uncomfortable to exclude tax credit financing, although he was happy with the rest of the project.

Wolf Run’s homes will cost $200,000 to $300,000, but its developers said they do not know at this time for how much its apartments would rent.

Commission members differed slightly in their opinion of the development.

“You seem to have hit all the bases,” said Dan Avery.

Zastawny voiced concerns after the meeting that the multifamily part of the subdivision would cost the city more in public services than it would contribute to the city.

The council will decide whether or not to rezone the property at a future meeting.

NEW RIVER RIDGE PROJECT

Medline, a global manufacturer and distributor of medical products, plans to build a 1.1 million-square-foot distribution center in River Ridge Commerce Center at the intersection of Hilton and International drives near another future warehouse.

Medline will be a neighbor to Ingram Micro, a technology company that recently announced a distribution center in the commerce center.

While an architect for Medline did not reveal during his presentation how many jobs the warehouse would create, Ingram Micro’s 600,000-square foot distribution center is expected to result in 550.

Medline’s facility received development plan approval at the plan commission meeting.

The building will be LEED-certified, a designation given to structures that are energy and resource-efficient.

JEFFERSON RIDGE TAKING SHAPE

Jefferson Ridge, a 65-acre commercial development on East 10th Street across from the equally as large Jeffersonville Commons, still has yet to finalize its retail contents, but a piece of it came into focus at Tuesday’s plan commission meeting.

KDC Development, LLC, received development plan and minor plat approval for its first outlot, an 18,200-square foot multi-tenant building with retail space bordered by two restaurants.

Jefferson Ridge also will contain a Baptist Health building, but KDC has abandoned its plans for big-box retailers behind its outlots due to lack of demand.

The developer will let the market dictate the rest of its contents, said architect Kelli Jones, but they’re considering more outlots in the front, more retail in the middle and possibly apartments or a hotel in the back.

No official contracts with tenants for the first outlot have been signed.

FAST CASUAL PIZZA

A new chain plans to make its home in Jeffersonville — this one a fast casual, build-your-own pizza restaurant.

Rapid Fired Pizza, which has several locations in Ohio, but none in Indiana listed on its website, received development plan approval for a location at 1645 Veterans Parkway, right next to Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen.

The chain is quickly expanding, with locations planned in Texas, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and California.

GAS STATION GOING NOWHERE

Before the plan commission meeting began, a request to build a Speedway gas station at 1701 Veterans Parkway was removed from the docket.

The reason: Jeffersonville City Council placed a temporary moratorium on new gas stations several months ago to create new regulations about how far gas stations can be spaced away from each other, said Planning and Zoning Director Nathan Pruitt. Currently, there are several neighboring gas stations on 10th Street that have shut down, concerning the council.

Speedway also is embroiled in a lawsuit with the city after the plan commission denied it permission to open a gas station at the same spot on Veterans Parkway in 2015, Pruitt said.

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