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Several items discussed at Evansville Redevelopment Commission meeting

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Several projects and topics were discussed at the Evansville Redevelopment Commission's Tuesday meeting.

At the meeting, the Evansville Redevelopment Commission officially made Randy Alsman President of the Commission and voted to make Vernon Stevens the Vice President.

ERC members also approved the Phase 2 schematic designs for the Jacobsville Redevelopment.

Phase 2 of the project will connect N. Main from Division to Garvin Park with bike/walk paths similar to the ones found on Riverside Drive. Beginning Phase 2 will allow the Jacobsville team to plan out the final designs for the area.

No timeline was set yet for the bike path/walkway construction, but project officials gave an educated guess for completion of next summer.

The new IU Medical School was also a subject of discussion at the meeting. The ERC approved $8.6 million for purchase of the entire IU Med Center real estate footprint and all related expenses.

Rick Huffman, CEO of HCW, the developer of the downtown hotel project, was at the meeting to give the Commission an update on the current state of the project.

Huffman asked for a contract extension for HCW to redesign and rebid due to unanticipated "fun stuff" found underground at the building site. He says redesign should take a few weeks, and rebidding should begin a few weeks after that.

Huffman says with more time and now more knowledge about what's underground, he expects the contractor's new bids to be even lower than before.

Huffman also said the parking garage is having to be substantially redesigned because of the IU Med Center coming to the downtown area. 

He said the parking garage contracting bids will open for the first time in the near future.

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