FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2017
City of Greenwood, Mayor Mark W. Myers unveil vision for downtown transformation
Initial plans call for mixed-use development, focus on connectivity and walkability
GREENWOOD, Ind. – Citing the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform the heart of the city for current and future generations, Mayor Mark W. Myers today revealed a vision for the future of downtown Greenwood.
Myers joined city officials, community leaders and business owners at Greenwood’s City Center building to unveil conceptual plans for several transformative public projects in the downtown area, primarily surrounding the intersection of Main St. and Madison Ave. Plans include:
Myers stressed that the plans are conceptual, and the city will seek public input throughout the redevelopment process. City officials plan to work with private developers as well, anticipating multimillion-dollar increases in both assessed property values and annual tax revenues.
“This is Greenwood’s moment,” said Myers. “Our plans for the future of downtown envision a thriving city core with walkability, connectivity for trails, parks and other public assets, and dynamic public gathering spaces. We’ll have diverse, authentic amenities, seamless integration of greenspace, and opportunities for all ages to live, work and play in downtown Greenwood.”
Navigating a 3-D software platform developed by Indianapolis-based Vision Three, Myers zoomed in and out of areas slated for redevelopment, including the recently acquired Greenwood Middle School property, north City Center parking lot and other city-owned properties in the area.
The public works projects, some of which were previously announced as part of a re-imagined Old City Park, include a variety of roadway enhancements:
Greenwood plans to construct long stretches of improved streetscapes as well, offering both bicycle and spacious pedestrian paths on Main St., Madison Ave. and Market Plaza.
Greenwood Redevelopment Commission (RDC) President Brent Tilson called the announcement a milestone for the 152-year-old city.
“I’ve never been more excited for Greenwood’s future,” said Tilson. “This vision positions Greenwood as a major player in the central Indiana landscape, for both current and future generations. The RDC and city have been working toward this announcement for quite some time now, and we’re so pleased to share our plans for the future.”
Myers says public input will be critical to the process and cited possible alternatives for the middle school gymnasium as an example. Conceptual plans provide three options for the structure, including both demolition and a repurposing of the gym.
“We look forward to hearing from members of the public, including area residents, local business owners and business leaders seeking to relocate to Greenwood, to get their perspective and ideas as we move forward,” said Myers. “They will be an important part of this process.”
During the community briefing, city officials announced an initial public open house this Thursday, March 9 at 6 p.m. Residents and others will have an opportunity to view the plans in detail and interact with Myers and other city officials. The open house will take place at Greenwood’s City Center building located at 300 S. Madison Ave.
For more information on the project and additional images, please visit the project webpage.