City Council files suit over Moore's Duffy's Landing proposal


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on October 22, 2013 at 4:18 PM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Plans to develop nearly 15 acres along Jeffersonville's waterfront has hit a major snag after the City Council filed a lawsuit over plans to develop the area.

It's a picture perfect view of the Ohio River from the banks of Jeffersonville and now there are big plans to make it the centerpiece for residents like Ronald Carroll to enjoy.

"It's great and I love it. It's a great view of the river. And the greenspace is a plus for us and the community of Jeffersonville," Carroll said.

Monday night at a neighborhood meeting Mayor Mike Moore presented residents with a rendering for a redeveloped Duffy's Landing off Uitca Pike. There's plenty of greenspace, a bike trail, boat slips and pavilion. Compared to what's here now, Carroll said it will only help the area.

"It's an area where we can have a picnic or some lunches or whatever. It's a great idea," he said.

Moore said the community needs the bike path, and the greenspace, as well as the boat slips, would be a nice compliment to the downtown development.

It was full steam ahead then a bomb shell. The council filed suit just about a month ago essentially questioning how the property was purchased.

"We are putting some great projects in front of people. The residents of Jeffersonville are ready for some progress. And I need the City Council to quit fighting and going to court filing suit. Jeffersonville is gonna move forward, I need them to move with me," Moore said.

Council Member at Large Dennis Julius said the council is not opposed to the project they just want better communication with the mayor.

"We don't want to hold a project up that's good for Jeffersonville. The project, from what I saw last night, looks like a good project," Julius said. 

Residents,  like Carroll, said they just want the legal matter resolved so work can begin on what Carroll said will become a big draw to Jeffersonville's waterfront.

Moore said he expects the lawsuit to get tossed out of court and he will proceed with getting the proper permits and Corps of Engineers approval, so work could begin by April.