City officials to meet with IDNR about riverfront development

City officials hope to have a better idea on how to proceed with the Columbus Riverfront development after they meet with state officials. The project is meant to provide recreational opportunities in a scenic setting, while connecting to the city’s People Trail system.

The issue, says Redevelopment Director Heather Pope, is that an element of Indiana Department of Natural Resources is hesitant to support the placement of artificial structures in the water and on the banks. Currently, the design calls for the low-head dam in the East Fork of the White River between Second and Third streets to be removed. In-river structures would be added to maintain water levels near Mill Race Park.

Pope says her office will be meeting with IDNR officials on Thursday.