'Catalytic' Redevelopment Rolls on in Clarksville

Posted: Updated:
The former Colgate-Palmolive factory, featuring the iconic clock, would be redeveloped under the plan. The former Colgate-Palmolive factory, featuring the iconic clock, would be redeveloped under the plan.

Clarksville's new redevelopment director says a massive plan just approved by the Town Council will give the community something it's lacking: a downtown. Dylan Fisher says the plan, outlined by Ohio-based urban planning and design firm MKSK, will have a catalytic impact on the community and the Kentuckiana region. A feasibility analysis suggests the redevelopment effort could generate $180 million in private investment near the iconic former Colgate-Palmolive facility and clock that sit across the Ohio River from Louisville.

The study area covers around 320 acres, which Fisher says are broken down into two parts. One is a "transition" area and the other is a "transformation" area. He says the transition portion will involve improving upon existing neighborhood and small-scale commercial assets. The transformation area, which is closer to the waterfront and encompasses the Colgate building, would see much more sweeping changes. Plans call for mixed-use developments involving several key properties, a full-service hotel and what Fisher calls a "major catalytic" waterfront park, all designed to attract interest within the town and draw attention from the other side of the river. He says the full report (linked below) suggests the transformation section alone could generate around $46 million in taxes if all plans are followed-through. The plan also highlights some 600 potential new jobs that could be created.

Fisher tells Inside INdiana Business the town is already beginning to implement some of the projects outlined in the plan.

  • Perspectives

    • We’re Having the Wrong Conversations About Safety

      Every time there’s a shooting at a school or a workplace, the arguments begin. We need more police officers stationed in the buildings. We need to arm teachers or encourage employees to carry handguns. We should invest in smokescreen systems or bulletproof partitions. Everyone should hide from the shooter. Everyone should run from the shooter. Everyone should confront the shooter. It’s healthy that we’re discussing safety, but unfortunately, we’re talking...



  • Most Popular Stories

    • West Lafayette Center Breaks Ground

      West Lafayette city officials this week broke ground on the $31.5 million West Lafayette Wellness and Aquatic Center at Cumberland Park. Plans for the 72,000-square-foot project feature a natatorium, three gymnasiums, exercise machines, free weights and community rooms. 

    • Forbes Ranks Top Colleges; 3 Indiana Schools Make the Cut

      Forbes released its 12th annual ranking of America’s Top Colleges based on direct benefits a university or college provides its students. Several Indiana universities made the list in some “sub-categories”, like Grateful Graduates Index, but the University of Notre Dame was the only school in the state to break the top 20 overall rankings.

    • (photo courtesy of the Marshall County EDC)

      Wire and Cable Startup to Set Up Shop in Argos

      A startup wire and cable company has announced plans to launch operations in Marshall County. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says Sequel Wire and Cable LLC will invest $53 million to purchase and equip the 50,000-square-foot Argos Manufacturing Center and create 120 jobs by the end of 2024. The company plans to expand the facility to more than 162,000 square feet and begin operations in early 2020. The $2.7 million Argos Manufacturing Center was built in part with...

    • (courtesy: Frank Logan/Military Vehicle Preservation Assoc.)

      Historic Military Convoy to Cross Indiana

      A sentinel moment of U.S. history is playing out Sunday in South Bend when the recreation of the U.S. Army Transcontinental Military Convoy rolls into town. Approximately 70 historic military vehicles are retracing the original 1919 cross country trip which traveled along the famed Lincoln Highway.

    • Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Names President and CEO

      Jeremy Kranowitz has been named president and chief executive officer of community nonprofit Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.  Kranowitz previously served as managing director for Sustainability of Hazon, an organization that focuses on environmental change, especially within Jewish communities.