Riverfront Independence Day Celebration

The Riverfront Independence Day Celebration is set for July 3, 2017 at the scenic Riverfront Amphitheater. This annual event features music from Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers (6 generations of Bluegrass and Old-time Mountain Music Tradition) and local favorites The Louisville Crashers. The Riverfront Independence Day Celebration is also jam packed with family friendly things to do, from challenging the kid-friendly rock wall, playing around in the bounce-houses, running through the inflatable obstacle course, and more!

Riverfront Independence Day Celebration
July 3, 2017 - 6:00pm
Riverfront Amphitheater, New Albany

Be sure to stop at one of the many local food and drink vendors to fill up and grab something refreshing! You can always feel free to pack a picnic to bring down, but due to Indiana alcohol laws, no outside alcohol is permitted into the venue. 

The Louisville Crashers.

The Louisville Crashers.

Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers.

Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers.

Everything leads up to the spectacular fireworks display at dark. Special thanks to our good friends and presenting partners, the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County, for their generous support of this event. We would also like to thank McBride's Fleet for their support as well. 

NAHA Maintenance Issues Brought to Attention of Mayor

As the City of New Albany continues to push forward with a modern vision for public housing, inspectors have been analyzing current conditions of the properties and found multiple issues with our current stock of public housing units. A recent timeline of the New Albany Housing Authority and details of the issues found are below.

Recent timeline of the New Albany Housing Authority

Mold and Roof Leaks

In May, inspectors visited Parkview Tower and found numerous instances of both mold and roof leaks in the property. These issues were found in common areas, such as stairwells, as well as inside units.

Failure to Maintain Properties

Numerous instances were found where properties were improperly maintained. Properties had roof leaks, broken cast iron, massively clogged drain pipes, un-maintained playground equipment for children, and more.

Estimates are currently being provided to either fix these important issues or to proceed with demolition in some circumstances where repairs are not feasible. 


City Assists Beach Mold & Tool with Business Expansion

At this evening’s New Albany City Council meeting, the council will take under consideration a tax abatement request from Beach Mold & Tool, Inc.

A recent expansion of the Beach Mold & Tool property.

A recent expansion of the Beach Mold & Tool property.

Beach Mold & Tool is locally-owned premier manufacturer in the plastics industry that also has a full-service tool shop. They produce parts for customers in the medical, business systems, and automotive industries. In 2015, they announced the award of a major program to become a Tier One supplier to a major automotive manufacturer, and they will begin production for this program in August 2017. A tier one company is the most important member of a supply chain, supplying components directly to the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) that set up the chain. Beach Mold & Tool was recently awarded another major Tier One program from the automotive manufacturer, with production set to begin in 2019.

Due to these recent awards, Beach Mold & Tool will be expanding their existing Tool Shop, purchasing a larger capacity crane, and adding over 160 new jobs through 2019. The new programs will also help Beach Mold & Tool retain current employees, increase compensation levels, and hire higher paid hourly and salary employees.

“Beach Mold & Tool is an exceptional local employer, and they have recognized that New Albany is a great place to continue to grow their business. We are very happy that Beach Mold & Tool will be expanding in our community,” stated Mayor Jeff Gahan.

Two-Way Conversion Update

Work continues on the change from one-way streets in downtown New Albany to two-way. 

Last week, milling and paving operations concluded on Spring Street, and temporary markings were placed. Crews moved to Elm this morning, and began milling there. They will then begin patching sections of roadway and then completing surface paving Wednesday-Friday of this week. 

When crews are finished with Elm, they will move to Market Street to begin milling and paving. Market Street is expected to be milled on June 12th, weather permitting. 

Crews have also begun installing detector housing units which will help control the signalization of the 2-way streets, once converted.

For more information about the two-way streets conversion, see our previous release here: http://newalbanycityhall.com/home/2017/5/10/two-way-streets-major-construction-to-begin-next-week

Two Way Streets - Major Construction to Begin Next Week

What is the Downtown Grid Modernization Project?

The Downtown Grid Modernization Project is an all-encompassing project that contains the engineering, traffic, and road design studies and plans for the 1-way traffic to 2-way traffic conversation.

Why is the City looking at switching some downtown streets to 2-way traffic? What's wrong with the 1-way traffic that we have now?

  • 1-way streets are designed to quickly move drivers from place to place at fast speeds - incompatible for a modern downtown.

    With everyone traveling in one direction (with multiple lanes) while eliminating opposing traffic, 1-way streets promote a higher rate of speed than 2-way streets. By switching some key downtown streets to 2-way, we can help slow the rate of speed.
  • 2-way streets help promote a safe, walkable downtown.

    2-way streets, coupled with smaller lane widths, are proven to help reduce speeding. This makes traveling safer for not only drivers on the road, but for pedestrians and bicyclists too.
  • More people than ever are interested in living, working in, and visiting downtown New Albany. 

    New Albany's downtown, not unlike many downtowns across the nation, has seen a resurgence of late. We have seen an influx of people who are interested in living, opening a business, and visiting our downtown. The City wants to do everything it can to support that progress. We believe that converting some key downtown streets from 1-way to 2-way can help support that goal and further solidify New Albany's downtown as a destination.
  • Studies and experts say its better for retail

    An uninterrupted mass of vehicles traveling in one direction can harm retail environments by obscuring visibility of shops from view and distributing vitality unevenly throughout the urban landscape. 

What steps has the City taken to study this issue?

In 2007, the first study was completed that looked at the possibility of converting some 1-way streets in downtown New Albany to 2-way streets. In 2014, the City of New Albany hired nationally recognized city planner and urban designer Jeff Speck to analyze the downtown grid and provide recommendations on how to make New Albany's grid more modern, including recommendations on pedestrian safety, walkability, alternative modes of transportation, street design that benefits retail and businesses, and more. Click HERE to view Mr. Speck's report.

The city also hosted numerous public listening sessions to gather feedback from the community, and the Mayor and other city officials have met with various community and business leaders to hear their thoughts on the project. In 2016, engineering and design work was completed by HWC Engineering in preparation for the project.

Schedule of Improvements - When will all of this begin?

Preliminary work has already begun to prepare for major construction. All non-ADA compliant ramps in the downtown grid system are currently being updated, bumpouts along Market Street have been reconfigured in preparation of the switch to 2-way traffic, and underground utility work in the area is nearing completion.

The city is anticipating that milling and paving operations will begin the week of May 15th along Spring Street. Plans include milling and paving half of Spring Street, while keeping the other half open, with crews then switching sides once the first half is completed. Upon completion of milling work, Spring Street will be paved in a similar fashion. Milling and paving is expected to take 4-5 days, with pavement marking to follow. During construction, traffic lights will switch to a timed system instead of utilizing sensors. Pavement marking is expected to take 2-3 weeks to be fully completed, but will be completed nearer to the conversion.

A draft schedule for the upcoming 2-way improvements is below. These dates are subject to weather.