Vanderburgh County Commissioner David Mosby
said Monday that he
would like to see the Health Department consider moving into the former Sunshine Market on Lincoln Avenue.Mosby
, the Democratic president of the County Commissioners , said the city , county and state have a lot of money tied up into the market , a failed development of the Emporia project.He
believes the relocation of the county's Health Department to the Sunshine Market space will help protect more than $1 million in tax dollars that have already gone into the Emporia Project , a private effort to revitalize an area along Lincoln Avenue.
No , I have not discussed this with the owners of Emporia , Mosby
was approached by Mary Wildeman , deputy director of the city's Metropolitan Development Department , about the former market as a site for the Health Department.Mosby
also talked with Evansville Mayor Russ Lloyd Jr. and City Council President Curt John.
said Monday that he
doesn't believe that location is the best for the taxpayers.
Lloyd said Monday night that he
too had concerns about the Health Department relocating to the old Midwest Federal building.
But I'm not privy to the information the Health Department had , Lloyd said.
Health Department officials have said about 10 , 000 square feet of the Second and Main street building are not needed by the department.Officials told the council that the county could lease the extra space.
It would also cost the county about $600 , 000 to revamp the building.
thinks about $900 , 000 from the Build Indiana Fund , money collected from taxes on gambling , were also pledged to the project.
The county committed $110 , 000 in March toward the market's refrigeration equipment.The about 21 , 000-square-foot market closed in June.
Asked if this was the county's way of bailing out the city's financial commitment to the project , Mosby
is trying to look out for all the taxpayer investments into the project.
Lloyd said : Well , it would be..Mosby
has not received a proposal from Emporia's board of directors.
I just want us to keep an open mind , he
The Health Department pays $16 a square foot in the Civic Center
The Midwest Federal space would cost $9.29 per square foot to rent.
Although the Health Department board has approved the Midwest Federal site and the money is in place for the move , the commissioners are the only ones who can sign a contract for such an arrangement.