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August 8, 2017

Greenwood set to approve key development projects
RDC expected to move forward on new Mrs. Curl property, purchase of former strip mall

GREENWOOD, Ind. – The Greenwood Redevelopment Commission (RDC) continues its busy 2017 with an August agenda featuring several major development projects. During its meeting this evening, the RDC is expected to provide initial approval for the sale of two lots at the intersection of Main and Meridian Streets.

Plans for the site are anchored by a new Mrs. Curl Ice Cream Shop, open year-round with indoor seating and an outdoor play area for children. Other improvements include an additional turn lane on Meridian Street, wider, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, a new traffic signal and stormwater upgrades. 

The RDC is already negotiating a parking agreement with adjacent Archer’s Meats for cooperative use. In exchange for city-funded improvements and upgrades, a large portion of the lot would be designated as public parking. 

“Supporting a beloved community icon like Mrs. Curl shows the true spirit of our plan to revitalize downtown Greenwood,” said Greenwood Mayor Mark W. Myers. “We are improving walkability and creating connectivity while preserving the authentic, historic elements that make Greenwood unique.”

Another major project slated for approval sits just two miles north of Mrs. Curl, along one of the major gateways into downtown.

In July, RDC members took the first step toward purchasing a former strip mall located adjacent to Greenwood Park Mall at 1265 N. Madison Ave. Formerly home to The Patriot’s Grill restaurant, the property has no current tenants and an assessed value nearly cut in half since 2012. 

The property, which many residents consider an eyesore, is being considered for new park space, green infrastructure and improved overall aesthetics to enhance one of the city’s most-traveled corridors. A final vote this evening would authorize city officials to make a purchase offer on the 8.6 acre site.

Myers says the property has been on the city’s radar for quite some time as an opportunity for significant transformation.

“This is a very important piece of land for Greenwood,” said Myers. “The property is right across the street from Greenwood Park Mall, a major destination for both residents and visitors. It’s also one of the first things you see traveling south into Greenwood on Madison Ave. We now have the opportunity to turn what was once a negative into a valuable community asset.”

RDC president Brent Tilson says the project-filled agenda illustrates continued momentum for Greenwood and Myers’ ambitious plans.

“The transformation is happening before our eyes,” said Tilson. “It took time and patience to get to this point, but we are now reaping the rewards of strategic planning, sound financial management and selective public investment. Interest in Greenwood has never been higher, and the RDC is pleased to facilitate such impactful projects.”