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Jeffersonville waits on power company to move historic homes

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Louisville, Ky. (WDRB) -- Officials still aren't announcing a new opening date for the Indiana side of the Big Four Bridge, but they are hoping they'll soon be able to clear the area and finish construction of green space on Pearl Street.

The foot of the Big Four Bridge will eventually include a park, amphitheater and water feature, but as of Tuesday, it was still home to four century-old homes..

Officials with Jeffersonville Main Street, the organization in charge of moving and renovating the houses, say the buildings have sat on stilts for months. The homes are ready to move to their new location on Pearl Street, but there is one thing in the way: power lines.

"Basically, you've got houses that are 35-40 feet wide and power lines that are right there along the side of the road," said Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore. "The houses can't be moved until Duke Energy moves the power lines, so we're at their mercy."

A representative with Duke Energy said they are in the process of moving the power lines underground, but that may not be complete for weeks.

Once power lines are taken down, crews will move the houses two blocks down Pearl Street to what was previously an empty parking lot. The houses will then be renovated and leased out. Officials with Jeffersonville Main Street said the spaces would likely be occupied by businesses, but they are open to residential.

Meanwhile, Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore, says the city's vision for the new outdoor space and pedestrian bridge won't be blinded by setbacks in the historical move.

"This really hasn't slowed our process down. The work we're doing on the park is still taking place," he said. "It would be nice to get them out of the way to see what it looks like."

The mayor says he's done estimating opening dates for the Big Four, saying simply, everyone is working hard.

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