Monday, September 18, 2017

What to put in the "Box"

What to put into the "Box"


The 10th Street widening project east of Allison Lane is in full swing. Good to see. The new Kroger will be a welcome addition which makes me wonder: What happens to the old location?

When K-Mart went out, luckily there was Rural King there to back fill the space. While not a 5 Star facility, it is still better than having a dilapidated empty shell sitting there. My hope is that once Kroger makes the move, we don't end up with yet ANOTHER Vendor Village or something like that.


Please not another one of these!


This is where Jeffersonville Redevelopment guru Rob Waiz and staff needs to flex the creative muscles. Here is my list of "What it could be" for the old Kroger location:

1: College Outpost - The old Kroger Building will have the square footage, parking, and mechanical needs necessary to attract an Ivy Tech, Purdue, IU, etc type of specialize facility if done correctly. Could be a good use of the space.

2: Work Force Development Training Hub - With its' proximity to Jeff High and central location overall, this could make a great facility for secondary training opportunities. Wither it be advanced manufacturing, trades, or healthcare; this could be a great place for GCCS, the City, State, and private business to invest to help strengthen our workforce needs by producing trained individuals both young and old.

3: Completely out of the "Box" (pun intended) Thinking: Here are some other great examples of what other communities have done with old facilities like this one:

Anyway it goes, I simply hope and pray the current administration has a vision and courage to step up to the plate to not allow another Youngstown Shopping Center develop on one of the fastest growing corridors in Jeffersonville. The last thing we need is another dated old shopping center that turns into the latest eye sore of 10st.

10 comments:

  1. Welcome!!! some nice stories to start your blog. I have left a link to here on The BatBlog and encouraged everyone to check it out...

    Good Luck and good blogging !!!

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  2. Just a little advice you might want to moderate your comments as there are a lot of spammers out there...

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    1. Point taken and updated! Thank for sharing your experience and for sharing my Blog.

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  3. Rumor is Rural King may expand into it.

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  4. You'll be happy to hear that the Planning Department is actually working heavily on reinvigorating the older portion of 10th Street. We put out an RFP (learn more about the project here: http://www.indianaplanning.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/FINAL_10th-St.pdf) and have selected a team to help us create the 10th Street Master Plan. We kicked this off internally last week.

    The article you provided shows some great examples of adaptive re-use. Here is another great example to add to the list: http://www.columbusunderground.com/large-apartment-complex-planned-for-former-andersons-site-bw1

    Also, good news, our current zoning code places limitations on thrift stores and peddler's mall in C1/C2 property and recommend tatthis is not an appropriate location for such uses.

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    1. Great News!

      Thank you so much for engaging in the conversation. Keep us informed as things happen!

      -AA

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  5. I'm curious why you believe it's governments responsibility to fill the vacancy? In an earlier commentary you seemed to accurately depict government/private partnerships relationship. By the way, your first two options to fill that space don't pay any property tax. Do you agree that would increase the tax burden on the rest of us?

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  6. I don't believe it is their responsibility to solely fill the vacancy. What I do think it is their responsibility to do is to help guide and assist in areas possible where it could be a benefit to the needs of the community.

    In this case, the owner of the building will be searching out tenants. The City could voluntarily contribute (not force) ideas and assistance to fill this space so it does not sit vacant.

    While bringing in an educational facility would remove some property taxes from the books, a facility like a workforce hub would ultimately attract additional revenue to the area by helping companies looking to relocate here to fill openings. It is no secret that we have lost on some major employers in the area because we do not have the best workforce situation. A facility like this could help that.

    By attracting more people to the area and employing companies, there are countless residual forms of tax generation that would happen.

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  7. Good points, I'll accept that. Thanks for responding.

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    1. Thank you for your engagement! Thank you for allowing me the chance to clarify.

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