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New entertainment venue to replace downtown Jeffersonville parking lot

JEFFERSONVILLE — As the rebirth of downtown Jeffersonville continues to transform the cityscape, growing pains are to be expected.

Now that a new entertainment venue is coming to the area, one of those pains is at the forefront of the mind’s of some residents and business owners — parking.

Developer Steve Resch, owner of Resch Construction, is planning to open the venue near the corner of Pearl and West Chestnut streets, just behind Parlour. Right now, Resch said not many details are available, as he is still in the planning stages, having hired architects to do landscape and structural work on the properties.

“We’re waiting to get drawings back on both of those,” Resch said. “It’s going to be a restaurant and entertainment-type venue. I can’t tell you much at this point, but it will involve the yellow house, the green [and white] house and the parking lot.”

The parking lot, which sits behind Parlour directly across the alley from Preservation Station, isn’t one of Jeffersonville’s largest. The prospect of its removal, however, has concerned some in the surrounding area.

Cafe 223 opened just across Pearl Street from the parking lot this past May. Owner Carol Stenbro said that parking in the area is already a problem without the removal of the lot.

Given the cafe’s location within the city, Stenbro said losing more parking spots could potentially have a negative impact on business.

“Parking is definitely an issue downtown, with residential parking only in some areas of the streets and so forth,” Stenbro said. “There’s really not a whole lot of parking left once you take all of that away. We’re dependent on pedestrians, and that cuts way down on business when there’s bad weather, rainy weather or when it’s cold. We need more parking.”

Cafe manager Kellsy Olson said that issues with parking are amplified on

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