New police substation could be coming to old home in downtown Jeffersonville
The city would put it in a historic home along Pearl Street near the Big Four Bridge.
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- A new police substation may be coming to downtown Jeffersonville.
The city would put it in a historic home along Pearl Street near the Big Four Bridge. Officials say they are close to taking the property over.
"Just kind of a shame it's just sitting there," Katie Canter said about the home, which is more than a century old.
"Kind of looks creepy," Savannah Martin said
While other homes were removed from the area to build a park, the home was left behind.
"It looks kind of sad right now, in need of some TLC," Donna Dixon said about the property.
The city of Jeffersonville is now considering restoration.
"The owner said he wanted to build a pizzeria or a coffee house or an ice cream shop," Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore said.
But he claims the owner didn't follow through on those plans, so the city used eminent domain and will take the property over very soon.
"It was either let this property continue to fall apart, or take possession of it," Moore said.
To add to the police presence in the area, Moore says he'd like to turn it into a substation for Jeffersonville Police.
"It's not going to be manned by a team of police officers, but we will have an officer in and around this building," Moore said.
But the plans hinge on one important thing.
"I want to do everything I can to save it, but I can't work miracles," Moore said. "That's why we will hire a structural engineer."
An expert will decide if the building is still safe. Moore says it's been neglected for years.
"I'd hate to see the old architecture destroyed," said Karen Norris, who was at the park Thursday.
People in the park we talked to say they hope it stays.
"As long as it's maintained and well cared for, I think it'd be great," Dixon said.
We'll just have to wait and see if this old property will become a part of the park's future.
Moore says the home cost about $60,000. He says the city should take over within the month, and he'll hire structural engineer right away.
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