The Rails to Trails project in New Albany is moving forward. The city’s redevelopment commission has approved the city’s proposal to have law firm Faegre Baker Daniels assist with the project.
The city says the Rails to Trails project would convert an abandoned 63-mile CSX route into a new recreation trail. The line begins just north of the new Sazerac Co. plant and ends near Bedford.
The firm will help the city complete negotiations with CSX to determine a final cost to acquire the rail corridor, prepare an initial development plan and funding strategy, and prepare and application to the state for funding of the acquisition.
"This Rails to Trails development is an exciting possibility for the City of New Albany, and we are working with partners throughout the state on making it a reality," said New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan. "Trails like these improve the quality of life for all citizens, and we are thrilled at the prospect of a North-South Nature Trail connection to the New Albany Greenway. Trails are key economic revitalization tools for cities and towns, as well as tourist destinations for health and nature minded tourists."
Irv Joshua, president of the New Albany Redevelopment Commission, says the project will bring more people and recognition to the city. You can learn more of the project from Gahan in the video below: