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Jeffersonville Marina redevelopment plans more expensive than originally planned

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- The Jeffersonville Redevelopment Board approved new designs for the city's marina on Wednesday with a vote of 3-0, according to Mayor Mike Moore. Six city council members were also present at the time of the vote.

City officials will vote next Tuesday evening on the designs.

The city of Jeffersonville is changing its plans for a marina that's been vacant since the first of the year, after construction bids were more expensive than expected.

"Nobody is happy with the conditions we have down here right now," said Moore.

Moore said he wants the city of Jeffersonville to embrace the Ohio River as much as possible and the city has already seen positive effects since the Big 4 Bridge opened.

The city puts on concerts and movies on the riverfront during mild weather and Moore says a new and improved marina will complete the package.

"This area belongs to the city of Jeff. I want everybody to enjoy it so there's a little bit for everybody down here," Moore explained.

The plan is to put in landscaping and picnic tables and Mayor Moore says he wants to make the marina accessible to visitors that might be on the river in jet skis or kayaks.

"I think everybody acknowledges how valuable the Ohio River is to Jeffersonville," he said.

The original cost estimate was $2.2 million but Mayor Moore says it will cost closer to $3.5 million.

"I think it would be a great addition," said Chris Petot, who bikes the riverfront.

Petot bikes to Jeffersonville from Louisville and said he'd like to see more done with the outdoor space.

"All things take time so with these new restaurants and everything it will make both areas grow better," he said.

"Once they get started on it, I'm sure that's just going to bring more business to us which will make us very happy," said Thomas Foley, who works at nearby Cluckers.

Foley thinks changes to the marina are needed.

"It's been in a little bit dilapidated order for quite a while with all the old decks and everything down there. You couldn't even walk through there because it was kind of dangerous."

The redevelopment board will have to approve the plan, which will be presented Wednesday night and then it will go to city council for a vote next Tuesday.

The city must also get the go ahead from the Army Corps of Engineers.

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