Jeffersonville Canal District Master Plan
With continued flooding along the Ohio River and stormwater management concerns, the City of Jeffersonville turned to COOPER CARRY to identify catalytic development opportunities along a newly engineered flood-control canal. COOPER CARRY’S master plan establishes a new canal district as a community amenity and economic development catalyst to residents and visitors. The plan weaves new development opportunities into the fabric of the Old Jeffersonville Historic District and celebrates the historic significance of the Downtown by enhancing the viability of the traditional main street commercial corridorLocated adjacent to I-65, the Jeffersonville Canal District is an easily accessible, compact, mixed-use environment, planned to leverage infrastructure improvements for appropriate planned development at the City’s heart.The Canal District is served by multiple transit options, ranging from intercity bus service that connects Louisville and Jeffersonville across the river, the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge, Jeffersonville trolley, and water taxi services. The Big Four Pedestrian Bridge offers bicycle and pedestrian connections across the Ohio River between the two cities.The canal and its adjacent public open spaces are envisioned as gathering and recreation places that will stitch the City together and enhance Jeffersonville’s appeal as a regional destination. The master plan also creates a community- driven, market based flexible framework, which is rooted in economic analysis and proven planning concepts, to guide sustained growth in the heart of this historic downtown.