Demolition to Begin Next Week

Revitalization set to begin at Vincennes and East Market Streets.  The New Albany Redevelopment Commission obtained possession of the old Tommy Lancaster’s Restaurant and Market Boy Convenient Store. Both structures, over years of neglect, have become eyesores and blight in the area. Tommy Lancaster’s Restaurant once served thousands of customers over several decades. However, the restaurant closed in 2011 and has been vacant and deteriorating since its closing. Market Boy, which sits adjacent to Tommy’s, has not seen any improvements for years and too has become a blight and eyesore for the area. 

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Both properties, Tommy’s and Market Boy, are set to be razed in the coming week. The properties were evaluated and determined to be unsalvageable. Upon demolition, the Redevelopment Commission will begin the process of revitalization by putting the properties together in a Request for Proposal to spur economic development in that area and along the Vincennes corridor. 

“Tommy’s and Market Boy are two establishments that have served our community well over the years,” stated Mayor Jeff Gahan, “but it is exciting to facilitate and make way for brand new development here in New Albany.”

Housing Authority Director Requests Delay in Vote

The City of New Albany and the New Albany Housing Authority worked together for months to draft a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the future of public housing in New Albany. The City was hopeful that it would have been adopted tonight at 5:30pm during the New Albany Housing Authority’s regularly scheduled meeting.

This morning, the City of New Albany received a letter from Bob Lane (Executive Director of the New Albany Housing Authority) explaining that he instructed the Board of Commissioners Chairperson to delay voting on the Memorandum of Understanding. A full copy of the letter from Mr. Lane is attached here.

Per Mr. Lane’s request, the vote has been moved to the April 10th, 2017 meeting.

McDonald Lane Improvements Resume

The next phase of the McDonald Lane Improvement Project is underway. Crews began milling the road yesterday in preparation of laying stormsewer lines. This work will be from Rita Drive to Grant Line Road. 

Roundabout completed from earlier phase of project..

Roundabout completed from earlier phase of project..

This next phase calls for a full complete reconstruction of the roadway, similar to previous segments. During this project, curbs, gutters, and complete stormwater system are being added, along with new traffic signals, sidewalks, new road reconstruction, and paving. This project is expected to be complete in the Fall of 2017.

History of the Project

This slideshow goes through the first stage of the project, starting from December 18, 2015 (Charlestown Road to Rita Drive).

NAFD Releases Final Incident Report Regarding Breakwater Fire

The New Albany Fire Department has concluded their investigation regarding the fire at the Breakwater complex over the weekend. Additionally, they have released the final incident report.

“Once again, I’d like to reiterate how fortunate the City of New Albany is that, despite the amount of damage and the size of the fire, there were no injuries. I’d also like to thank the New Albany Fire Department, New Albany Police Department, and all of our neighboring communities for their help in extinguishing the blaze and assisting at the scene,” stated Mayor Jeff Gahan.

A full copy of the report can be found here: NAFD Incident Report - Breakwater

City Receives State Board of Accounts Audit

The City is proud to share the results of our State Board of Accounts audit. Each year, the State Board of Accounts reviews the finances of state and local government, and is dedicated to providing the citizens of the State of Indiana with complete confidence in the integrity and financial accountability of governments.

“Due to our increased internal controls, and working diligently with Mayor Gahan, department heads and staff members, we have been able to reduce the number of ‘findings’ from State Board of Accounts to 1 – the lowest amount of findings for any municipality in the State of Indiana, according to the State Board of Accounts,” stated Linda Moeller, City Controller.

Mayor Gahan expressed his appreciation to all department heads, the Controller, and City staff for working diligently to ensure the integrity and accountability of all finances in the city. This past year marked the 5th consecutive year that the city ended with a balanced budget.

“I could not be happier with our State Board of Accounts audit,” stated Mayor Gahan. “Since taking office 5 years ago, we have worked hard and successfully operated within our budget, and we will commit to continue making improvements to our financial controls now and in the future.”

Read the full report and supplemental report here:

State Board of Accounts - Financial Statement and Federal Single Audit Report of City of New Albany

State Board of Accounts - Supplemental Compliance Report of City of New Albany