By Associated Press - Thursday, January 1, 2015

CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - The former site of Indiana’s second prison and a landmark Colgate-Palmolive Co. manufacturing plant could soon be turned into dozens of loft apartments and businesses.

The 55-acre complex of 19th- and 20th-century buildings in Clarksville has sat largely vacant since the Colgate plant closed in 2007, but Tom Galligan, a consultant for property owner Clarks Landing Enterprise Investments LLC., said redevelopment activities will pick up in the coming months.

“What we’re trying to do is make this a destination point,” Galligan told The (Louisville, Kentucky) Courier-Journal ( ).

The site is a short walk or bike ride from the Clark Memorial and Big Four bridges over the Ohio River, which Galligan said has led to interest from Louisville companies looking for nearby apartments to house temporary workers.

Within 12 to 24 months, Galligan said, they want to complete construction on 96 units in buildings that once contained prison cells. The plans also include an international-themed lifestyle center with pedestrian-friendly shops and technology businesses.

“These buildings have got a lot of history, and what we’ve got to figure out is how we’re going to make the buildings that are historic work in today’s marketplace and be profitable,” he said.

The Clarksville Historic Preservation Commission approved the developer’s plan to seek a demolition permit early next year for Building 38, also known as the Ajax building, and a loading dock to open access for a new interior road, Galligan said.

Colgate bought the property from the state in 1921 and operated a plant that produced toothpaste - as well as other personal hygiene products at various times - until 2007. Its iconic clock, one of the largest in the world, was originally installed in 1906 at a plant in Jersey City, New Jersey, until it was replaced and moved to Clarksville in 1924.


Information from: The Courier-Journal,

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