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Image 7 of The Courier Journal (Indiana Edition), April 9, 2012

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Time: 04-04-2012 B8 | THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2012 | 23:06 User: mstollhaus PubDate: 04-05-2012 METRO & INDIANA | THE COURIER-JOURNAL Zone: IN Edition: 1 Page Name: B 8 Color: Black Yellow Magenta Cyan IN Outlet mall planned in Shelby Co., Ky. Nine buildings would occupy 60 acres By Sheldon S. Shafer The Courier-Journal A Michigan developer has filed plans with the Army Corps of Engineers in Louisville to build a large outlet shopping mall along Interstate 64 at the Simpsonville exit in Shelby County, just east of Jefferson County. The plans show that Horizon Group Properties, based in Muskegon, Mich., intends to build the Outlet Shoppes at Louisville/Lexington just southwest of the I-64 interchange at Ky. 1848. It is proposed to have nine buildings totaling about 355,000 square feet of commercial and retail space on about 60 acres, according to the request for the corps permit. All or most of the land is owned by AKDB LLC, whose manager in Kentucky secretary of state corporate records is listed as John Schnatter, founder of the Papa John’s pizza chain. The Schnatter-led group at one time considered trying to develop a golf course on the property. Horizon officials, including Thomas Rumtz, the project manager, and Andrew Pelmoter, who is listed as the leasing contact on a website promoting the development, didn’t return phone calls. Scientific Studies Co. of Louisville, an agent for Horizon, is pursuing needed permits with the corps and state regulatory agencies, said Wayne Cassady, the principal in the Louisville envi- 60 Shelbyvil N le Ro ad 1531 64 Simpsonville 1848 PROPOSED OUTLET MALL THE COURIER-JOURNAL ronmental consulting firm. Cassady said he is not an authorized spokesman for Horizon, but acknowledged that Horizon must be “pretty far along (with the plans) to pursue the permits.” Cassady declined to speculate on a mall construction schedule. Layna Thrush, the Army Corps of Engineers project manager on the Horizon proposal, said Horizon has asked the federal agency for approval to fill about a quarter-acre of wetlands, as well as to fill a 6.5-acre pond and about 575 linear feet of a stream through the property. It proposes purchasing comparable wetlands nearby as compensation. “It’s pretty standard. We don’t expect any major problems” with the permit application, Thrush said. The corps opened a public comment period on the project March 27; it closes April 25. As of Tuesday, no one had filed a comment, Thrush said. Ryan Libke, director of the Triple S Planning Commission, which handles zoning for Shelby County and the cities of Shelbyville and Simpsonville, said he had an early meeting in February with Horizon’s Rumtz. Libke said about one-third of the property probably will need to be rezoned to develop the outlets mall. Horizon’s website says it has an outlets center “under development” near Louisville. It says it has established shopping centers in Burlington, Wash.; Oshkosh, Wis.; Fremont, Ind. (north of Fort Wayne); Gettysburg, Pa.; Oklahoma City; and El Paso, Texas. The website lists other centers under development in or near Atlanta and Laredo, Texas. The Northern Indiana mall includes such stores as Aeropostale, Bass Co., Gap Outlet, Golf 4 Less, Levi’s, Jockey, OshKosh B’Gosh, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Reebok, Tommy Hilfiger and Van Heusen. Reporter Sheldon S. Shafer can be reached at (502) 582-7089. Early warmth has road, parks workers busy By Sheldon S. Shafer The Courier-Journal “If it ain’t snowin’, you better be mowin’ ” is an adage for municipal highway and works departments, said Ted Pullen, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Works and Assets. And, with a lamblike March completed, the attention of metro works crews is squarely focused on mowing, weeks earlier than normal, with snow a fleeting memory, Pullen said recently. Works crews have been busy the past few weeks mowing vacant lots, spraying roadside weeds and filling potholes, even though there are probably fewer potholes than normal because of the warm winter, Pullen said. Public Works saved $2 million to $3 million on salting, brining and other winter-related operations. Part of that savings is used for fuel on mowing equipment and other warmweather expenses, Pullen said. “A smattering of things are happening earlier than usual, due to the early onset of the warm weather,” Metro Parks spokeswoman Julie Kredens said. “From what I’m able to observe from my office window here at Creason Park, the number of people using the park, from morning to evening, seems to have really jumped up, just in the last few days.” The Nature Nuts, a group of students from King Elementary School in western Louisville, check out the vegetation during a recent field trip that included identifying wildflowers in Shawnee Park. MATT STONE/THE COURIER-JOURNAL Marty Storch, assistant Metro Parks director, said, “The overall goal of Metro Parks is to be ready for the customer when they get to the parks — and this year, they’re getting there sooner.” He noted that the parks’ mowing schedule began several weeks early. And parks officials have started hiring seasonal workers, also about a month earlier than usual. The de-winterizing schedule for restrooms and drinking fountains has been moved up and is under way. And theprocess is also under way for the spraypads and spraygrounds, with the goal to have them open by midApril, Storch said. “On the golf courses, the warm-season grasses have already greened up. … That growth is about four to six weeks ahead of schedule,” he said. “The unseasonably warm winter/early spring has seen an increase in the number of golf rounds played in January, February and so far this month, over those same months in 2011.” Storch said people can help prepare the parks for summer by signing up for a number of cleanup projects scheduled as part of the Mayor’s “Give-a-Day” Week, April 15-22. “We’re asking for help in trash and debris pickup, mulching and painting at several locations,” he said. Phil Miller, a spokesman for Mayor Greg Fischer, said he doesn’t believe the city will try to open swimming pools early, mainly because of budget consid- erations. And, he noted, “Who knows what it will be like 10 days from now?” At Waterfront Park, “the weeds are killing us, growing like crazy,” said Gary Pepper, the facilities manager for the Waterfront Development Corp., the caretaker of the park, which is not part of the Metro Parks system. Pepper said he has fielded numerous questions from the public about when the water playground and spraying water feature will open. “That’s a budget issue,” he said, noting that turning on the facilities requires a cleaning contractor and payment of water bills. He said the Adventure Playground, the water feature/ fountain and park restrooms will open on their usual April schedule. Although the warm weather may not be a major factor, Margaret Brosko, spokeswoman for Met- ro Animal Services, said the department has taken in about 400 animals since March 1, an usually high number that has kept the kennels full. “The numbers are astronomical,” she said. Because of the early arrival of summerlike conditions, Brosko said, shelter officials are poised for increased sickness among the animals because more germs and insects survived instead of being frozen to death. Therefore, it is especially important for pets to be vaccinated, she said. If it gets much hotter, she said, large fans will be turned on to keep outside kennels at the Manslick Road site cool. The new petadoption center on Newburg Road is air-conditioned. Reporter Sheldon S. Shafer can be reached at (502) 5827089. A SPECIAL UK COMMEMORATIVE SECTION NOW AVAILABLE! PRIMARY: Incumbent got GOP help Continued from Page B1 state’s direction. The 70th House district includes most of Harrison and parts of western Clark and Floyd counties. The winner will try to oust Rhoads, who two years ago received more than $500,000 from the state GOP to help her defeat Paul Robertson, then the House majority whip and a 32year Statehouse veteran. While Kincaid focused his comments on Rhoads, Miller stressed his experience in working in local government. “I’m running for the office because I think I can make a difference,” he said. Both men described themselves as anti-abortion, but on most issues they align with mainstream Democrats. Both said they oppose the state’s latest push for more charter schools, which they believe siphons students and funding from traditional public education. “It just seems like they trying to starve them (public schools) to death,” Miller said. “All of the sudden, we’re flagging our public schools for failure and they are attacking public schools,” Kincaid said of Republican-backed initiatives that have cut funding for public schools. The two also contend that the right-to-work law will effectively erode union membership over time and kill job creation. The new law “lowers everybody’s wages ... if you work eight hours, and you still have to have food stamps, it’s not much of an improvement,” Miller said. Kincaid, a divorced father with one son attending Indiana University Southeast, said he’d immediately work to repeal the law. He grew up in Bradford and graduated from North Harrison High in 1985. After a four-year stint in the Marine Corps, he worked at Jeffboat, rising to the rank of chief union steward in 2003. He said he expects to round up $10,000 in donations from friends, family and some union groups to run a grass-roots primary campaign that will involve meeting voters door to door. Miller, of the Elizabeth area, is better known in Harrison because of his four terms as a county commissioner. He was ousted by Republican Jim Klinstiver of Laconia two years ago when the local GOP soundly beat its Democratic rivals. Before he left office, Miller led a successful effort to provide $8 million from Harrison’s share of casino revenue sharing to allow Harrison County Hospital to restructure its debt. He said this week that he saw the funding as a good community investment. This spring, Miller said he is running a simple campaign with some mailings, door-to-door visits and stops at local suppers. He expects to run a much larger campaign this fall if he is the nominee, he said. The father of three and grandfather expressed disappointment that Rhoads has not leveraged her position in the Republican majority to help Harrison complete the proposed Interstate 64 interchange northwest of Corydon. The county has received $9 million in federal earmarks for the $21 million project, but the funding ultimately could be redistributed to other states, Miller said, if it’s not spent here. “It seems like our representative is working against it,” he said. Originally, the interchange was included in the state’s Major Moves in 2006. Construction was scheduled for completion in 2012, but it was pulled off the list more than two years ago. Hoosier planners mentioned differences of opinion over where to locate the cloverleaf in relation to Exit 105 at Ind. 135. HUR LIM RY! QUA ITED N TI TY ! Pick-up your copy today for ONLY $5 at The Courier-Journal or at any of the following local retailers: Wal-mart • Walgreens • Circle K • Kroger • Rite Aid • CVS • Thornton’s Speedway • Newcomb Oil/Five Star • Meijer • J.D. Becker • Cardboard Heroes Jr Foods/IGA Express Stores • Paradies Shop (SDF Airport) Order online at Minimum 5 copies per online order. Reporter Grace Schneider can be reached at (812) 949-4040. CJ-0000330454

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