Clarksville officials decide to condemn historic Colgate plant

Clarks Landing Enterprise Investments has owned the property since 2014, but it has stood empty since Colgate and Palmolive Company left.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In a resolution passed Tuesday night, Clarksville City Council voted to acquire, protect and reuse the historic Colgate plant according to a news release.

Clarks Landing Enterprise Investments has owned the property since 2014, but it has stood empty since Colgate and Palmolive Company left.

The council said it did not take the decision lightly and condemning the building was a last resort. They added that they wanted to preserve and enjoy the building’s history.

Read the full statement below:

“Since acquiring the historic site of the prison more commonly known as ‘Colgate’ over 11 years ago, we have witnessed the depreciation and decay of one of the city’s most iconic historic sites. . The former prison and reformatory has been recognized by the National Park Service on the National Register of Historic Places, which includes notable examples such as the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site in Indianapolis, the Corydon Capitol State Historic Site in Corydon and the Culbertson Mansion State Historic. Site in New Albany. Instead of being saved and celebrated like these other Indiana landmarks, we’ve instead been forced to witness as the site grows more dilapidated and dilapidated with each passing year.

Once touted as the main driver behind several redevelopment plans in South Clarksville, these buildings now serve as nothing but eyesores. The Clarksville Redevelopment Commission has made several attempts to negotiate incentive packages with the current owner to help develop the site, including master plans and new infrastructure (roads, utilities, etc.), and we waited with patient anticipation for restoration and development to occur. . After 11 years, our enthusiasm naturally waned.

We did not take this decision lightly. Conviction is always used as a last resort, and we have exhausted all other options. If we allowed the site to continue to deteriorate for another 11 years, it would probably have to be demolished. We want to preserve and enjoy our history, we don’t want to see it relegated to just pictures and stories. Given the circumstances, the City of Clarksville must take control and protect this property for future generations. We look forward to moving forward with the acquisition and saving this property for all citizens of Clarksville, residents of southern Indiana, and everyone in the Greater Louisville metropolitan area.

Hon. Ryan Ramsey, Chair (District 3)
Hon. Karen Henderson, Vice President (At-Large)
Hon. John Gilkey, Secretary (District 2)
Hon. Tim Hauber (District 1)
Hon. Michael ‘Mike’ Mustain (District 4)
Hon. AD Stonecipher (District 5)
Hon. Jennifer Voignier (At-Large)

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