The failed Clark's Landing scheme.
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The Clark’s Landing project, a proposed $500 million mixed-use neighborhood to be created around the old Colgate factory and clock, won approval from the Clarksville Town Council this week and will be rezoned, block by block to accommodate a new vibrant community of condos, apartments, retail, offices, a hotel, and convention space.

Looking toward the Colgate Clock
Looking toward the Colgate Clock.

The city has been working with the Estopinal Group, an architecture firm in Jeffersonville, to create a vision for what the area could potentially become. The concept plan will later guide a master plan that will be put together over the next year or so.

In the mean-time, Clarksville and TEG have given us some development eye-candy to keep us excited in the project. While they represent only the vision of the project, we can see from the renderings that the new town center will keep a traditional aesthetic that brings to mind Norton Commons in suburban Louisville.

Redevelopment: Final Phase
Redevelopment: Final Phase.

The project seeks to maximize views of the river and the Louisville skyline, so buildings diminish in height to the south. The investors also hope to maximize profit, so we could potentially see the 2 to 3 story buildings grow to 3 to 4 (or even 5?) levels. We think the opportunity to create as dense a project as possible so close to the river and epicenter of the metropolitan region is best. Regardless, taller structures including condo towers and a hotel behind the Colgate clock will rise to heights that create Southern Indiana’s own skyline.

Fox 41 News also reports that a sewage treatment plant located behind the Colgate plant may be relocated to avoid a potential stench lingering in the area. Clarksville is currently working with Marathon / Ashland Oil to remove the storage tanks near the Ohio River.

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Branden Klayko

Founder and Editor at Broken Sidewalk
Branden founded Broken Sidewalk in 2008 while practicing architecture in Louisville. He continued the site for seven years while living in New York City, returning to Louisville in 2016. Branden is a graduate of the College of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, and has covered architecture, design, and urbanism for The Architect's Newspaper, Designers & Books, Inhabitat, and the American Institute of Architects.
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3 COMMENTS

  1. The vision is a good fist start but there needs greater focus on sustainability issues and land-use transportation connections. The site has a unique regional place, in that could be a catalyst for transit-oriented development – tying into existing bus corridors and (potentially) future light rail spine. Unless a less auto-oriented vision can be articulated it may end up have the same jobs-to-housing balance and livability issues that many places in Southern Indiana currently have.

  2. I am concerned about the traffic flow through the old neighborhoods that surround this development area…

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