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Some residents concerned Jeffersonville's new high-rise rule will ruin neighborhood

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- The city of Jeffersonville says it's good for economic development, but some fear new rules for downtown buildings could ruin their neighborhood.

Jeffersonville's City Council has approved new rules allowing downtown buildings to be as high as 10 stories, or 100 feet tall.

The old rules limited downtown buildings to 40 feet or four stories in height. But Mayor Mike Moore says that was also limiting economic development.

“Developers want to go to a city that is ready to blossom, ready to bloom, and we've lost some development because we had that 40-foot rule,” Mayor Moore told WDRB.

On Monday night, the council voted to raise the ceiling for new buildings to 100 feet, with a particular piece of land in mind.

A developer wants to build a $29 million, luxury high-rise apartment complex near the base of the Big Four Bridge, and next door to the new Marriott Hotel.

“We want a piece of the Louisville market. We want that young professional or the empty-nester who has money in their pocket,” Mayor Moore said.

William Carrico lives in an historic home within view of the property.

“A lot of us, including myself, moved here because of the beauty and the history of this neighborhood,” he said.

Carrico says he is concerned the high rise will ruin the character of the neighborhood.

“We see visitors all summer long, when my wife and I sit here on this very porch, that come by here and say, 'Oh it's so nice to be able to walk over here, and get away from that city environment.'"

Mayor Moore says the project will only improve the quality of life here.

“The developments that are going to happen around here are going to pay dividends for us for the next several generations,” he said.

Carrico says he's not opposed to progress, but he hopes the city will talk to neighbors before deciding what is built.

“We want to be told what's going on in our community, and we're not being told what's going on in our community,” Carrico said.

Mayor Moore says final plans for the high rise should be approved next month, with groundbreaking scheduled for sometime in 2017.

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