Governor extends option for buying land in L’burg for port

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb announced Wednesday, June 26, that the state has extended the option to decide if it will purchase land near Lawrenceburg that could be the site of the state’s fourth port.
The Ports of Indiana entered into an agreement in September 2017 to purchase up to 725 acres that was formerly the American Electric Power plant. That option was set to expire Sunday, June 30.
The option has been extended by six months to enable the seller, Tanners Creek Development, LLC, to complete its environmental remediation plan for the site and submit it to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
If the Ports of Indiana decides to move forward, the total cost for the land and equipment would be about $8 million.
Indiana has three state ports operating on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan, with locations in Jeffersonville, Mount Vernon and Burns Harbor/Portage.
Over the years, the Ports of Indiana has expanded each of its ports and now operates approximately 2,800 acres along Indiana’s navigable waterways. Indiana’s ports contribute more than $7.8 billion per year to the state economy and support nearly 60,000 jobs.
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