Help our Tree Canopy thrive!

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Do you know of a rare tree, or one with a unique feature near you? The New Albany Tree Board wants your help expanding their list of significant trees in New Albany. We are looking for trees that are noteworthy for their size, rare in New Albany, or have unique features. The trees must be either in the city’s right-of-way, a park, or can be plainly seen from a city street or alley – we cannot list trees on private property that the public cannot see.

The City of New Albany continues working to improve our tree canopy. By bringing awareness to unique trees that we have in the community, we can continue to improve on this together.

If you know of a specimen that deserves to be on the Tree Board’s list of Noteworthy Trees, please email Krisjans Streips, Tree Board Administrator, at

M Fine Building on Main Street to Receive New Life


The City of New Albany, the IEDC, and the Lieutenant Governor’s office joined property developer Denton Floyd Real Estate Group and building operator Vitality Senior Services to celebrate the redevelopment of the historic M. Fine building along Main Street in New Albany.

The historic structure will be rehabilitated into an assisted living facility, hosting over 108 units that are a mix of affordable housing and private pay.

“This historic building has been out of service for nearly 20 years, and unless a certain group of local and State people, both public and private, come together at the right time, chances are that this building would have sat vacant for another 20 years or been lost,” stated Mayor Jeff Gahan. “This is truly a huge victory for the people of New Albany, and it would not have happened without the work and cooperation between the city, the State of Indiana, and the developers.”

Mayor Jeff Gahan

Mayor Jeff Gahan

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch

Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch spoke at the event, and was encouraged to see the former factory being redeveloped for new use.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the revitalization of the former M. Fine & Sons building in New Albany,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. “The building that has sat vacant for decades will be transformed into a place that provides affordable housing for senior citizens and enhances New Albany’s downtown quality of place, creating a destination where people want to live, work and play.”

Denton Floyd Real Estate Group is a full service real estate investment, development, construction, and property management firm.  Its portfolio and services span across Southern Indiana, Louisville, and Lexington.  Denton Floyd specializes in adaptive reuse projects.  It takes pride in revitalizing aging and distressed/abandoned properties by renovating them back to their original historic character and creating a suitable use that fits the current economic needs of the area.

The $15 million project came together through a tax credit from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and the City of New Albany.

The city’s investment comes in the form of a $1.15 million Urban Enterprise Zone tax credit, parking lots for the property, and the Main Street Improvement Project.

“I would like to thank both the State of Indiana and the City of New Albany for helping make this project a reality, both the IEDC staff and Mayor Gahan were integral in getting this project underway.  The pro-business mentality of the state and local governments solidified our final decision to proceed with this investment opportunity," stated Brandon Denton, Co-Founder of Denton Floyd Real Estate Group.

The building will be operated by Vitality Senior Services, a locally owned, premiere provider of senior services management, possesses over twenty-four years of successful senior housing, health care services and site development experience.  Vitality specializes in assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitative services.

“On behalf of Vitality Senior Services, I want to thank our partners at Denton Floyd and State and local officials for bringing this project to fruition.  The Mansion on Main is unique, the blending of historical features with state of the art amenities, will garner national attention for its innovation in adaptive reuse projects,” stated Todd Marsh, CEO of Vitality Senior Services.

For more information about the project itself, or to inquire about living at the property in the future, contact Todd Marsh with Vitality Senior Services at 812-914-1161.

City Moves to Protect Our History

Three historic preservation projects are set to kick off soon in downtown New Albany. The three properties targeted are the Baity Funeral Home along State Street, the Knights of Columbus building on Main Street, and the Reisz building on Main Street.

All three properties will undergo renovations and enhancements, bringing new life to the three historic properties in downtown.

“These projects will all serve three major goals: historic preservation, economic redevelopment, and blight removal,” stated Mayor Jeff Gahan. “The city is 200 years old, and it is time for the city to support preservation efforts that will add to the historic character of New Albany.”

Baity Funeral Home

The Baity Funeral Home, also known as the Louis Hartman House, was constructed by S. Day & Sons in 1898, who built many of the city’s finest commercial and residential buildings at the turn of the 20th century. The building, which was showcased in a 2013 book by Ray Day, is a notable example of Queen Anne architecture, featuring corner turrets, multiple bay windows, shingled gables, wraparound columned porch, stained and leaded glass, oak woodwork, parquet flooring, and more.

The building served as the Baity Funeral Home, a prominent African-American business in the community, for over 40 years. Unfortunately, the building was badly damaged in January of 2017 by a fire and threatened with demolition.

Indiana Landmarks, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to saving, restoring, and repurposing historic properties will be relocating their Southern Regional Offices to New Albany to save the endangered Louis Hartman House.

“We hope that revitalization efforts will continue north along the State Street corridor,” stated Greg Sekula of Indiana Landmarks. “This house will really help be the front door for the state street revitalization effort. Preserving our history is really all about sense of place and a community’s character, and what people want today is to connect to that community character. They want a place that has architectural beauty, has walkability, and we are certainly seeing that in our downtown area.”

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus building is set to receive a new façade, bringing the building up to modern service. The Knights of Columbus has seen a resurgence as of late, with many citizens utilizing the facility, and engaging in charity work and community service at many levels throughout the community.

“It will benefit from the government level all the way down to the local level,” stated city councilman Dan Coffey.

Reisz Building

The historic Reisz Building on Main Street was constructed in the 1852 and was home to a flour mill. It then served as the Kraft Funeral Home, followed by the M. Fine & Sons shirt factory. The Reisz has also served as the home of the Graf Harness and Saddlery Shop, and has also been utilized by the Schmitt Furniture Company.

After being vacant for decades, the Reisz is set to be fully renovated and be the future home of city operations. The building is currently in poor structural condition, and was nearing the point of demolition if an investment was not made soon.

“The Reisz Building is currently an unsafe structure. The building is in a place right now where either something needs to be done, or it needs to come down for the safety of the community. We are dealing with massive settling of the structure, deteriorated posts and beams are holding it up, and if these issues are not corrected soon, could cause irreversible damage. Based on a recent safety inspection, these problems could have dire consequences for the building and those surrounding it if not corrected,” stated Building Commissioner David Brewer.

“This project is the perfect example of how historic preservation, blight removal, and economic redevelopment can come together to create a great project,” stated Mayor Jeff Gahan. “By removing the blight from the area and saving this historic structure, the entire corridor will benefit. We have worked to try to find a solution for the building for years, but given the scale and condition of the property, it was difficult to find a private investor that could tackle the entire property and save this historic and full-of-character structure.”

“To come in and have a user that will redevelop the whole property – it will be a substantial investment. I think people will be very happy to see the interest coming in and redeveloping it, and it will also help the surrounding businesses see that their investment is going to be further complemented by the public investment in the Reisz building,” stated Mike Kopp, a prominent real estate developer who has helped transform historic structures for new uses.

The move in city operations makes sense not just for historic preservation, blight removal, and economic redevelopment purposes, but for basic finances of the city as well.

“It will save us money in the long-run to move out of the city-county building and to purchase the Reisz, and it will help cleanup a part of downtown,” stated city councilman Dan Coffey.

Currently, the city rents space from the county building authority at a cost of nearly $190,000 per year. The new city hall in the Reisz building will have 23,000 square feet, compared with the current 7000 square foot space leased in the city-county building. In the current building, the city pays $25.71 per square foot. In the new space, the cost will be reduced dramatically to $9.20 per square foot.

“When this project is complete, the residents of New Albany will own a new, modern city hall. Instead of throwing away our community’s tax dollars on rent, we will be investing in and saving a historic property that will be owned by the community and utilized for years to come,” stated Mayor Jeff Gahan.

Last 4 Shows For The 2017 Bicentennial Park Summer Concert Series

Calling all live-music lovers - the final four shows of the 2017 Bicentennial Park Summer Concert Series are coming! As a reminder, there will be no show on Friday, August 4th. This date served as our rain-out date for the annual Riverfront Independence Day Festival. 

Thanks to everyone for a wonderful season - and we hope to see you out at the final four shows of this year!

Special thanks to our sponsors, McNeely Stephenson, Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County, and our radio partner 91.9 WFPK. Additional thanks to the New Albany City Council and Mayor's office.

Bicentennial Park, located at the corner of Spring and Pearl in downtown NA.

Bicentennial Park, located at the corner of Spring and Pearl in downtown NA.

A four piece Americana band from Louisville, KY. Through relentless touring, they’ve become mainstays of the Midwest Americana scene. In September of 2015, they set ten highway-tested, fine-tuned songs loose in the confines of LA LA Land Studios. The result is “Midwest Heart/Southern Blues”. The new album is a gritty, upbeat collection of songs, full of characters who were developed while staring over the dash of a beat up Ford van cruising through towns in the South and Midwest, whose better days are behind them. The Sawdusters will be on the road in 2016 and beyond. For fans of The Band, Little Feat, and the Turnpike Troubadours.

Brooks Ritter debuted his newest album, Stereo of Steel, on August 26, 2016. Ritter is a Louisville, Kentucky native musician, and his music ranges from “soul to roots music, with a little indie-rock.” Stereo of Steel follows the same pattern with 10 original songs. Ritter has toured with various bands during his music career, including Sara Watkins from Nickel Creek, Greg Laswell, Anderson East, Zella Day, Ben Sollee, and others. 

Silver Spoons is a three piece indie pop-rock band hails from Louisville, Kentucky. Their first five song EP Ready, Set, Stay was released in the fall of 2014 and they are currently recording a follow up EP.

Based out of East Tennessee, Circus No.9 is a new progressive acoustic group that embraces the influence of Bluegrass, Americana, and Folk. The group has appeared on stage alongside artists including David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, Larry Keel, and more. With awarded musicians Matthew Davis (2016 National Banjo Champion), Thomas Cassell (2016 Rockygrass Mandolin Champion), and Colin Hotz, Circus No.9 is taking the new acoustic scene by force.

Phillpsburg New Jersey native, Pentley Holmes is truly that rare artist whose work achieves both technical and emotional brilliance. A self taught guitarist, pianist, and vocalist, Pentley is as well-rounded musically as they come. Pentley’s signature blend of contemporary folk and soul pop make his music as easy on the ear as it is on the heart. With an acoustic EP forthcoming, Pentley is undoubtedly one to watch.

The Zach Longoria Project is an 11-member band with an incredibly soulful vein. With R&B seated at the core of their music, ZLP weaves elements of jazz and a touch of old-school this & that to create what they like to call “Kentucky Fried Soul”. Their music has just the right amount of the south mingled in.

ZLP is a collaboration of musicians who are all in it for the love of music, and are driven by the passion of creating it. They came together in 2013 in a town that is much smaller than it seems. Zach had a vision early- to have a band that was made up of people who are good to each other and share the same set of values, musically and by virtue. This group is a close-knit partnership of kindred spirits, and it shines through in the music they put forth.

Mayor Gahan Addresses Concerns and Shares History of Hausfeldt Property

Below is a brief history of our efforts to understand and mitigate the conditions at the private property on Hausfeldt Lane. Once again, the property has been in the news and it has become a concern to a number of residents. Please read, copy, and share this with others. Your efforts to share this information will greatly help us take steps to improve the condition there, but equally important, it will help others understand our desire to protect the property rights and the privacy of the landowner. This is a very unusual problem, and we are working closely with the courts to resolve it in a manner which is respectful to all parties.

Thanks everyone,
Mayor Jeff Gahan

The property located at 519 Hausfeldt Lane is within the City of New Albany’s Unincorporated Two-Mile Fringe area.

From October 2, 2009 to September 9, 2014, the property was owned by Judith Bischoff.  On September 9, 2014, a quit-claim deed was issued conveying the property to Jarrett Hamilton; however, Mr. Hamilton has lived on the property since 2009.  Ms. Bischoff lived with Mr. Hamilton until late 2014.

On February 19, 2013, City of New Albany Building Commissioner, David Brewer, did an inspection of the property and found several violations.  On February 22, 2013, Mr. Brewer sent a final notification to Ms. Bischoff in which he advised her of the violations and ordered her to remove all “refuse and blight” within ten days.  If the issues were not remedied by March 5, 2013, Ms. Bischoff was advised that the City would obtain a court order to have the debris and cars removed at her expense. 

In May 2013, the Floyd County Health Department contacted the City of New Albany Building Commissioner’s Office concerning the code related violations on this property.  During this time, the Floyd County Health Department issued a notice of violation and order to abate to the property owners, with the first one dated May 1, 2013, and the second and final notice dated May 16, 2013. The notice dated May 16, 2013 advised that the matter had then been referred the Health Board Attorney, Rick Fox, where no further action was taken.

On May 24, 2013, Mr. Brewer sent a letter to both Ms. Bischoff and Mr. Hamilton advising them that the property had been deemed a hazard and the City would conduct a cleanup on June 6-7, 2013.  Both Ms. Bischoff and Mr. Hamilton were present when the City carried out the cleanup on the property in June 2013. 

On August 8, 2014, the City filed a complaint against Ms. Bischoff in the Floyd Superior Court, requesting an emergency inspection of the property.  The court entered an order granting the City the right to conduct an emergency inspection of the property the same day. 

On February 5, 2015, the City filed a motion seeking authorization to conduct a cleanup of the property.  In the motion, the City referred to the situation as “an emergency” and alleged “there is refuse on the outside allowing rats and other vermin to flourish and presents a hazard to surrounding neighbors.”  On February 9, 2015, the court granted the motion and the City conducted a cleanup that same month.  After the cleanup, threats were made against city staff based upon the Court authorized cleanup. 

Following the 2015 cleanup, Mr. Hamilton appealed to the Federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.  The lawsuit filed by Mr. Hamilton based upon the previous cleanup in 2015 was in Federal Court throughout the entire year of 2016 to present.  The case is still currently pending in front of the Court of Appeals.    

In the meantime, the City again filed a suit against Mr. Hamilton on June 22, 2017 stating he is using the property as junkyard, creating a hazard to public health and a public nuisance.  Mr. Hamilton is not cooperating in the process, and due to previous threats to City of New Albany staff members, court approval and police assistance is necessary before stepping onto the property.

Numerous issues involving the home owner and safety exist, which require the legal system to make fair, unbiased and authorized decisions in order to protect individual property rights.  We support and allow due process to proceed to protect all those involved, but as we have demonstrated in the past, the City will act with prudence to protect the health of all citizens in the fringe areas or the incorporated City of New Albany.