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Parkway development opponents aren't giving up hope on eve of vote

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On Tuesday, Vanderburgh County Commissioners are expected to vote on a proposed University Parkway development.

On the eve of that vote, opponents say they aren't giving up hope.

Dozens of members of GROUP, or Growing Responsibly On University Parkway, say they'll be at the commissioners meeting Tuesday night. They say they are still hoping the commission will call for a masterplan study of the corridor before making a decision.

But there are doubts that will happen.

Last month, the Area Plan Commission voted to recommend rezoning 200 acres of mostly farmland just north of USI owned by Gene and Jeanne Pfeiffer.

Plans call for commercial and residential zoning, but opponents say they're concerned about traffic and what this development could mean for any future developments along the parkway.

"We've asked the commissioners to have a dialog with the community and they haven't responded positively. In fact, they haven't responded at all," GROUP member Stan Blaszczky says.

"It's frustrating. We asked for this three years ago and the council said, 'Yes, I think that's important.' That was 2009 and nothing has been done," GROUP member Karen Barnes-Ellis says.

14 News will have coverage of the meeting Tuesday night. The meeting begins at 5:00 p.m. inside the Civic Center.

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